‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Character Guide

Published 10 months ago by , Updated June 27th, 2014 at 8:55 am,

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When director Michael Bay said he was done making giant-alien-robots-from-space movies after Transformers: Dark of the Moon, we combed through the trilogy of films to generate the most complete Transformers Character Guide available. But then Bay changed his mind and made a fourth film anyway – meaning, our guide isn’t so complete anymore.

Rather than add to our original list, we decided to create a whole new list for what will likely be a new trilogy – beginning with Transformers: Age of Extinction. We’ve divided this list into three main categories – Autobots, Decepticons and Dinobots – have included images of each (from the movie when possible), as well as brief descriptions.



Optimus Prime

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Voice Actor: Peter Cullen

Optimus Prime is the wise and formidable leader of the Autobots. He called his comrades to Earth to help protect humans from the onslaught of Decpticons; however, the human population turned on all Transformers, so the Autobots went into hiding.

In the early stages of the fourth film, Optimus is a rusty, beat up, Marmon cab-over truck, but later he takes the form of a Western Star 4900 custom semi-truck. Once he has broken in the Dinobot known as Grimlock, he’ll ride on his back in an effort to defeat the Decepticons – and a new type of enemy, as well.


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Voice Actor: None

From the beginning, Bumblebee has been one of Optimus Prime’s most loyal lieutenants and a sworn protector of the human race. Even though his voice module was damaged beyond repair, Bee still manages to communicate effectively using his radio to play various songs and soundbites that relate to the situation at hand.

He alternates forms in the movie, starting as a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro but later becoming a sleek and shiny 2014 Camaro. In robot mode, he’ll be carried by the aerial Dinobot, Strafe.


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Voice Actor: Robert Foxworth

While Ratchet is a valuable member of the Autobot team (he serves as their medic), he’s not a fighter by naturet. Instead, he chooses to be on their side because he feels only the Autobots truly have a chance at achieving peace – the only thing he really cares about.

Further enhancing his peace-loving and medic ways, he takes the form of a 2004 Hummer H2 ambulance.


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Voice Actor: John Goodman

Hound is new to the Transformers movie franchise and makes his debut appearance in Transformers: Age of Extinction. In the comics and animated series, Hound is a gentle being who loves calling Earth his home and he often explores all its beautiful places as an Autobot

The cartoon version was a Jeep-turned-robot with a shoulder-mounted rocket  and the ability to project holograms; in the film, he is more of a heavy artillery gunner with a robotic beard and penchant for biting on bullets like they’re cigars. His alternate form is a Oshkosh Defense Medium Tactical Vehicle.


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Voice Actor: John DiMaggio

The animated version of Crosshairs is the Autobots weapon master – meaning his appearance in Age of Extinction makes sense, since the Autobots’ last weapons specialist, Iron Hide, was killed by the turncoat Sentinel Prime. Crosshairs isn’t a fan of Earth, and given his way, would leave it behind and not look back.

Crosshairs’ alternate form is that of a 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray, and he saddles up on the Dinobot called Scorn.


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Voice Actor: Ken Watanabe

In the comics, Drift was once known as the Decepticon Deadlock, but then he converted to the Autobots team. In the film, he’s a meditative Samurai who’s skill with deadly “spark swords” is virtually unrivaled.

When Drift isn’t flying above the city disguised as a helicopter, he likes to “drift” through the streets in his alternate form of a 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. His Dinobot companion is Slug.


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Voice Actor: Reno Wilson

Like Drift, Brains was once a member of the Decepticons – specifically, a data-gathering drone for Soundwave – but after seeing the error of his ways (or perhaps he was just tired of being bossed around) he switch sides and became an Autobot. In this film, he is captive of humans looking to crack to the Transformer genome.

He can transform into a laptop but is rarely seen in that mode.


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  1. Brains doesn’t turn into a laptop, he turns into a RC truck. Look at his form, since when do laptops have tires?
    You do make a good point about one character though: Turning hte almost pacifistic Hound into a multiple gun wielding trigger happy cigar chewing brawler was a bad decision.
    For me the worst 2 parts were Optimus basically fixing himself after they pass that white truck and he scans it when he mentioned less then 10 minutes before he needed to find other autobots to fix him, and at the end when he without any of the extra addons from either his trailer or BlackBird flys off into space. If he could fly, why was he always falling off buildings aand over passes?
    Also wasn’t the pterodactyl Dinobot good enough? why change him to an alien 2 headed and 2 tailed beast and change his name? Wasn’t it Swoop in the comics/toons and now it’s Strafe? And why does grim lock have horns when he’s supposed to be a Trex, not a Dragon?

    • Wheelie is the one who transforms into a RC monster truck, Brains was only seen transforming once in TF3 and into a Laptop, but the tires could indicate that he is a double changer like Drift or changed his alt mode since the last film.

    • I don’t see any wheels and if you look closely you can see a cooling fan in his hips.

    • No Wheelie is the rc truck … Brains (as which we are discussing) is the laptop that find the missing Russian Cosmonauts in the dark of the moon quote he says as tranforming from a laptop to a robot “Hey, I’m smoking over here! Downloading missing Russian cosmonauts. Turns out, the Soviets cancelled a manned mission to the moon. The moon! In 1972. Then two of the cosmonauts went into hiding in America. And I just found them alive!…..”

    • dans le 3 il se transforme en ordi,c est l autre qui se transforme en camion rc

    • Make goood point man

  2. Me Grimlock want see things go boom. Who care bout anything else? Why need to see Cybertron or good story? Me Grimlock smash brain. But me still smarter than most. Derp.

  3. I like the movie but the cussing in it wasn’t needed

  4. You know the triceratops is actually called spike not slug, as hound says at the end “I’ll ride with you any time spike”

  5. I’m pretty sure crosshairs said that, and drift was riding slug

  6. That description of Galvatron just reminded me how rubbish Age of Extinction was.

  7. Mon prefere c est bumblebee il est archi fort au combat wesh

  8. Dinobot Slug is actually Dinobot Slag and their was never a Dinobot Scorn. The original Dinobots are: Grimlock, Slag, Sludge,Snarl and Swoop.

  9. Why are Autobot badges flavour of the month on bogan hoon cars?
    Why not the other characters?

  10. Bugatti veyron you must be kidding me