'Transformers' Complete Movie Character Guide

Transformers Comprehensive Character Guide

Transformers: Dark of the Moon arrives on Blu-ray and DVD, thus completing fans' home video collection of Michael Bay's Transformers trilogy.

Now that the entire series is available for home video movie-marathon satisfaction, we thought we'd follow-up our Transformers: Dark of the Moon character guide with a look back at the entire trilogy and put together a massive compilation to all the Autobots and Decepticons that have been featured in Bay's Transformers universe (for better or worse).

We'll start with the original Transformers (2007), move to the sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and end with third chapter Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

We're leaving no gear unaccounted for, either - from the indistinguishable robot clones to all the silly bots that pop up in each film, to the different versions of popular characters we saw in each installment - we are literally striving to provide you with a "complete" guide to the Transformers movie universe. It's been exhausting "research" putting this all together, so we hope you enjoy.

You can jump to any particular film by clicking the links below:


The Complete Transformers Movie Character Guide

Transformers (2007)

Barricade - Decepticon

Transformers Character Guide - Barricade

Description: Barricade is the hunter/scout of the Decepticons, transforming into a Saleen S281E police car to easily hide among the humans as a symbol of authority. He wields spinning spikes known as blade wheels in his hands and uses them as close-combat striking weapons. He hates all Autobots but considers Bumblebee his rival.


Blackout - Decepticon

Transformers Character Guide - Blackout

Description: Blackout is fiercely loyal to Decepticon leader Megatron and transforms into a Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Low IV helicopter. He is the largest of the Decepticons serving as transportation for his comrades and most often carries Scorponok on his back. In addition to the ability to generate EMP blasts, he is armed with a missile launcher, 2 arm-mounted Gatling cannons and 2 energy cannons. In close-quarter combat he can also detach and wield his tail rotor blades as a weapon.


Bonecrusher - Decepticon

Transformers Character Guide - Bonecrusher

Description: Bonecrusher hates and despises everything – Autobots, Decepticons, even himself. He follows Megatron not out of respect but of fear.  He transforms into a Force Protection built Buffalo armored vehicle (MRAP). With wheels for feet, he "skates" instead runs and besides the machine guns in each arm, he touts an intimidating claw-like scoop at the end of a large telescopic arm which he can use to pull enemies closer with deadly force.


Brawl - Decepticon

Transformers Character Guide - Brawl

Description: Brawl is often described as "a very pissed off Decepticon" who is always looking for a fight – especially with an Autobot. He transforms into a M1 Abrams tank with a secondary dual turret. His heavy armor allows him to take large amounts of damage but he can dish it out even more with the largest arsenal of any other Transformer - 8 missile launchers (4 on each shoulder), a quad-mounted 37mm cannon on his right forearm and a small dual ripper blade combined with a Gatling gun on his left forearm.


Bumblebee - Autobot

Transformers Character Guide - Bumblebee

Description: Bumblebee is an Autobot scout and one of Optimus Prime's most trusted lieutenants. 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 Sam Witwicky – who he has sworn to protect - using various Earth radio frequencies.


Frenzy - Decepticon

Transformers Character Guide - Frenzy

Description: Frenzy, with his light weight small frame, is perfectly built for espionage. With only a small automatic weapon on each hand and CD-like shurikens that fire from his chest, Frenzy isn’t built for head-to-head combat. However, his lightening quick reflexes and ability to transform into a multitude of everyday items including a GPX boom box, a car radio and a cell phone enable him to blend in easily.


Ironhide - Autobot

Transformers Character Guide - Ironhide

Description: Ironhide serves many roles for the Autobots, not the least of which is weapons specialist. He is also Optimus Prime's oldest friend, though they don’t always see eye to eye – often times pushing the Autobot code 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.


Jazz - Autobot

Transformers Character Guide - Jazz

Description: Jazz is the smallest Autobot and serves as Optimus Prime’s First Lieutenant. Generally good natured and not taking himself as serious as Optimus Prime or Ironhide, Jazz likes to talk…A LOT and usually gets some friendly ribbing for it. Despite his small stature Jazz can handle himself in battle with just about any foe though he usually sticks to opponents more his size. He is armed with a powerful Crescent Cannon and his vehicle form is a Pontiac Solstice.


Megatron - Decepticon

Transformers Character Guide - Megatron

Description: Megatron is the cold and heartless leader of the Decepticons. As a civil war over control of their planet with the Autobots exhausted the resources of their planet Cybertron, Megatron went and searched for the All Spark. His search lead him to Earth where he crashed in the Arctic for over 10,000 years. Megatron doesn't take an earthly form in his alternate mode but transformer into a Cybertonian jet and tank. He is armed with a powerful fusion cannon and can match Optimus Prime blow for blow though he will retreat when facing certain defeat.


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