List of Transformers film series characters
- 1 Humans
- 1.1 Sam Witwicky
- 1.2 Mikaela Banes
- 1.3 Carly Spencer
- 1.4 NEST
- 1.5 Sector 7
- 1.6 Maggie Madsen
- 1.7 Glen Whitmann
- 1.8 John Keller
- 1.9 Archibald Witwicky
- 1.10 Judith Witwicky
- 1.11 Ron Witwicky
- 1.12 Fig and Donnelly
- 1.13 Leo Spitz
- 1.14 Theodore Galloway
- 1.15 R. A. Colan
- 1.16 Dylan Gould
- 1.17 Bruce Brazos
- 1.18 Charlotte Mearing
- 1.19 Dutch
- 1.20 Jerry Wang
- 1.21 Cosmonaut Dimitiri
- 1.22 Cade Yeager
- 1.23 Tessa Yeager
- 1.24 Shane Dyson
- 1.25 Harold Attinger
- 1.26 Joshua
- 1.27 Darcy
- 1.28 Lucas
- 1.29 Savoy
- 1.30 Su Yueming
- 1.31 Cameos
- 1.32 Others
- 2 Autobots
- 2.1 Dynasty of Primes
- 2.2 Bumblebee
- 2.3 Ratchet
- 2.4 Jazz
- 2.5 Ironhide
- 2.6 Skids and Mudflap
- 2.7 Sideswipe
- 2.8 Arcee
- 2.9 Jolt
- 2.10 Jetfire
- 2.11 Wheelie
- 2.12 Brains
- 2.13 Dino
- 2.14 Que
- 2.15 Wreckers
- 2.16 Hound
- 2.17 Drift
- 2.18 Crosshairs
- 2.19 Dinobots
- 2.20 Others
- 3 Decepticons
- 3.1 The Fallen
- 3.2 Megatron
- 3.3 Shockwave
- 3.4 Starscream
- 3.5 Soundwave
- 3.6 Blackout
- 3.7 Barricade
- 3.8 Brawl
- 3.9 Bonecrusher
- 3.10 Constructicons
- 3.11 Sideways
- 3.12 Reedman
- 3.13 The Doctor (Scalpel)
- 3.14 Alice
- 3.15 Insecticon
- 3.16 Igor
- 3.17 Dreads
- 3.18 Devcon
- 3.19 Galvatron
- 3.20 Cyclonus
- 3.21 Lockdown
- 3.22 Stinger
- 3.23 AllSpark mutations
- 3.24 Others
- 4 Faction unknown
- 5 References
Shia LaBeouf portraying Sam Witwicky in the 2007 film Transformers.
|Last appearance||Transformers: Dark of the Moon|
|Portrayed by||Shia LaBeouf|
|Full name||Samuel James Witwicky|
|Occupation||Ally to the Autobots
Worker at Acuretta Systems (temporary)
|Significant other(s)||Mikaela Banes (Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
Carly Spencer (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)
|Relatives||Ronald Witwicky (father)
Judith Witwicky (mother)
Archibald Witwicky (great-great-grandfather)
Samuel James "Sam" Witwicky is portrayed by Shia LaBeouf in the first three films of the Transformers film series. In early versions of the script, Sam had the nickname "Spike" (the name of the main character in the original Transformers series). This idea was later scrapped because, according to writer Roberto Orci, these nicknames were appropriate for a mechanic and an oil rig worker in the animated series, occupations in which the characters did not work in the film. According to Roberto Orci, the character of Sam was written as a "2007 version of Marty McFly". Sam Witwicky will not return for the fourth film, instead his character will be replaced by Cade (portrayed by Mark Wahlberg).
Sam appears in Transformers: Tales of the Fallen #1 by IDW Publishing. Barricade kidnaps Sam in order to flush out Bumblebee and learn where the All Spark fragment is. Bumblebee saves Sam by fighting and defeating Barricade. However Barricade eventually escapes.
In Transformers, Sam Witwicky was a social outcast who unintentionally buys Bumblebee as his first car. Sam is at first unaware of his car being a Transformer, despite the fact that Bumblebee was responsible for helping Sam to (somewhat) get close to his crush, Mikaela Banes. During the first night, Bumblebee leaves the house, which caused Sam to follow believing his car had been stolen. Later that night, he becomes surprised to find that his car became a robot. After being saved from Barricade by Bumblebee, Sam learns the full story as he helps the Autobots by keeping the AllSpark away from the Decepticons until he uses it to kill Megatron.
In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Sam is going to college and is trying to have a normal life and get away from the world savior status. But while getting ready, Sam finds a sliver of the Allspark on his jacket which gives him visions similar to his great-great-grandfather, causing him to suffer a mental breakdown as a result. Optimus turns to him for help in convincing the human government to allow the Autobots to stay. Sam refuses, saying he wants a normal life and Optimus doesn't need him anymore to which Optimus replies that they need Sam more than he knows. One of the girls in Sam's dorm who apparently likes him, Alice, turns out to be a Decepticon Pretender who attacks him. Sam is saved by Mikaela, who kills Alice. Sam is then later abducted by Decepticons to acquire the information in Sam's mind before Megatron can vent out his aggression on the boy. But after being saved by Optimus, who is killed during the fight, Sam ends up leading Mikaela, Bumblebee, his roommate Leo, the Twins: Skids and Mudflap, and Simmons in a quest to find the Matrix and use it to revive Optimus. During the final battle, Sam is killed by Megatron until he was revived by the Dynasty of Primes so he can resurrect Optimus, allowing him to kill the Fallen and save Earth. With Earth saved once more, Sam finally admits he loves Mikaela. On an aircraft carrier later, he and Optimus thank each other, Optimus thanking Sam for saving his life and Sam for Optimus believing in him.
In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Sam has been dumped by Mikaela and has a new girlfriend named Carly Spencer whom he met after being given a Presidential Medal of Freedom by the President Barack Obama for his heroic accomplishments in the past. Sam now lives with Carly Spencer, a pet dog and former Decepticon Wheelie, and his partner, Brains. Bumblebee no longer lives with him, working with the other Autobots on secret missions, forcing Sam to drive a rundown car that vaguely resembles a small Bumblebee, Sam ends up finding a job as a mail boy despite wanting to work with the Autobots, but is dragged back into the war by Decepticon collaborator Jerry Wang and Laserbeak. Sam, with the help of Simmons, figures out the Decepticons' plot and is forced by Dylan Gould into finding out the Autobots' plans for the Decepticons. Sam is devastated when the Autobots are exiled from the planet and then apparently destroyed and teams up with Epps and other former NEST soldiers to rescue Carly from Chicago. He later sees the Autobots returned after faking their death. Sam succeeds with help from Bumblebee and in the battle that follows, he kills Starscream and Dylan Gould who retriggers the space bridge after Optimus stops it. Sam reunites with Carly after the Decepticons are defeated and admits he loves her.
- Transformers Deluxe Barricade with Frenzy Screen Battles: First Encounter (2007)
- A mini-diorama gift set with Barricade and figurines of Sam and Mikaela, along with an extra, non-poseable Frenzy figure.
- The original "radiator" Frenzy available with Screen Battles: First Encounter Barricade was remolded in black (matching the car) but was installed with additional piece of plastic, preventing the black Frenzy figure from being removed -- due to redundancy -- without unscrewing the base of the Barricade's hood. This version of Frenzy has been referred to as "Restrictor Plate Frenzy" by collectors.
- Revenge of the Fallen Human Alliance Bumblebee with Sam Witwicky (2009)
- A larger (between Voyager Class and Leader Class size) figure than the Deluxe Class figure with a 2-inch-tall figure of Sam, which can ride inside Bumblebee.
- Transformers Human Alliance Bumblebee with Sam Witwicky (2010)
- A re-release of the Human Alliance figure with a remold of the Sam figure; this one wearing a white shirt instead of a black one. In addition, the Sam figure lacks the upper torso articulation of the previous version.
- Dark of the Moon Human Alliance Bumblebee with Sam Witwicky (2011)
- A redeco of the Revenge of the Fallen Human Alliance Bumblebee figure in reverse black/yellow colors.
Mikaela Banes in Transformers.
|Last appearance||Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen|
|Portrayed by||Megan Fox|
Ally to the Autobots
|Family||Cal Banes (father)|
|Significant other(s)||Sam Witwicky|
In the first two Transformers films, Mikaela Banes (portrayed by Megan Fox) is Sam Witwicky's first love interest. Differentiated from "typical" women in her age group, she has inherited mechanical skills from her father, Cal, a grease monkey and paroled car thief.
Mikaela was present shortly after the battle at Mission City in Transformers: Alliance #1 (December 2008) by IDW Publishing.
In Transformers, Mikaela is initially the girlfriend of football player Trent; however, she soon ditches him because of his snobbish attitude and because he treats her like a trophy wife. Sam offers her a ride home, as he has a crush on her, and Mikaela accepts Sam's offer. She inspects Sam's broken-down 1976 Chevrolet Camaro (nicknamed Bumblebee) in an empty lovers lane and is astonished at the various modifications present in the engine bay. Unfortunately, the visuals of the actual engine under the hood show a discontinuity error on the part of the filmmakers: the shot shows that Bumblebee has a Kinsler crossram fuel injection intake manifold, as her character discusses a double-pumper carburetor. She also surprises Sam with her knowledge about cars which he finds more attractive than the popular shallow girl she acts like around others. When asked why she keeps her mechanical expertise a secret, she says, "guys don't like it when you know more about cars than they do." This scene is similar to Spike and Carly's first meeting in 1985, with Carly showing more interest in Bumblebee rather than in Spike. Mikaela criticizes the poor conditions of Bumblebee's vehicle mode, causing him to scan a passing 2007 Camaro Concept and transform into the same model. She fights in the Battle of Mission City, initially pulling the seriously injured Bumblebee out of battle, but is ultimately unable to leave them to fight alone. She tells Bumblebee that if he's willing to fight, she'll take him back in and navigate. He acquiesces and with her help, Bumblebee rejoins the battle and destroys Brawl. After the battle, she and Sam begin dating.
Mikaela returns in the 2009 sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, carrying on a long-distance relationship with Sam. As he goes off to college, Sam entrusts her with a fragment of the Allspark, which he found in the jacket he was wearing when he killed Megatron. Mikaela hides the fragment in a safe at her father's motorcycle repair shop, but she is followed by the Decepticon spy Wheelie, who is intent on recovering the fragment. She catches the spy and interrogates him. After going to inform Sam, Mikaela saves him from the Decepticon Pretender Alice (whom she kills and also found kissing Sam), only to be captured by Grindor and taken to the recently repaired Megatron. Rescued by Optimus Prime, Mikaela and everyone escape, and on the recommendation of Sam's roommate Leo, they seek help from a man who runs a robot conspiracy website. He is later revealed to be Agent Simmons. Simmons and Wheelie lead them to Jetfire, who uses a Space Bridge to transport the group to Egypt, where the Autobots and their allies battle the Decepticons and The Fallen. She is devastated when Sam apparently dies, but is ecstatic when he is revived and finally tells her he loves her. She survives the battle and returns home. Seen in the credits Sam kisses Mikaela goodbye as he returns to college.
Mikaela does not appear in the 2011 sequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon due to Megan Fox being fired. Mikaela is said to have dumped Sam. She apparently left Wheelie and Brains with Sam in Washington, and both retorted, saying she was "mean" and that they did not like her, which contradicts the previous film where Wheelie worshiped her as his "Warrior Goddess". However, in said movie Mikaela injured Wheelie's eye and threatened to take out his other eye, so he could still have that grudge. Despite this, a photo of Mikaela appears on Sam's dresser.
In the novelization for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Sam remembers being dumped by Mikaela, and fears the same will happen with his new girlfriend, Carly.
Mikaela made appearances in Transformers: The Game and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In both games, she is a non playable character. Rather, several "missions" in the game revolve around the Transformers reaching her and Sam to either save them or get their help.
Note: The information in italics occurs in the alternate storyline where Megatron won the battle for the Allspark.
Mikaela was a member of the Autobot resistance to the Decepticon takeover in Twilight's Last Gleaming, Part: 1 by Titan Magazines. She snuck into the Sector 7 page in an attempt to free the frozen Optimus Prime. In part 3, Bumblebee attempted to take on Megatron in the Sector 7 base as Mikaela attempted to free Optimus Prime, but she was attacked by Frenzy. In part 4 Mikaela frees Optimus Prime and freezes Frenzy just as Bumblebee gets some unexpected help fighting Megatron by the arrival of Elita One, Skyblast and Strongarm.
- Transformers Deluxe Longarm and Bumblebee Screen Battle: Final Stand (2007)
- Deluxe Longarm comes packaged in this mini-diorama with a legless version of Robot Replicas Bumblebee. Unlike the regular packaged version, this version of Longarm is decorated with "Mike's Towing" labels as seen on the film instead of "Orson's Towing." It also has a little driver figure of Mikaela inside.
- Transformers Deluxe Barricade with Frenzy Screen Battles: First Encounter (2007)
- A gift set packaged as a mini-diorama with Deluxe Barricade and figurines of Sam and Mikaela, along with an extra, non-poseable Frenzy figure.
- Revenge of the Fallen Human Alliance Autobot Skids with Arcee and Mikaela Banes (2009)
- A 2-inch action figure of Mikaela comes with Human Alliance Skids and a small, transformable Arcee figure.
- Transformers Human Alliance Shadow Blade Sideswipe with Mikaela Banes (2010)
- A black/silver redeco of Human Alliance Sideswipe with a figure of Mikaela that wears a black leather jacket and blue jeans.
Huntington-Whiteley at the Transformers: Dark of the Moon premiere in June 2011.
|First appearance||Transformers: Dark of the Moon|
|Last appearance||Transformers: Dark of the Moon|
|Portrayed by||Rosie Huntington-Whiteley|
|Occupation||Ally to the Autobots
Worker at Hotchkiss Gould Investments (temporary)
|Significant other(s)||Sam Witwicky|
|Relatives||Aron Brooks (grandfather)
Carla Spencer (grandmother)
In "Rising Storm", Carly was working a career fair in Philadelphia when the Decepticons targeted Sam Witwicky and his Autobot friend Bumblebee for harboring their escaped "pet", Brains. As the place became a battlefield, Carly quickly proved capable of defending herself. Seeing that Sam was about to be killed by Space Case, Carly used a weapon attached to one of the fallen Transformers around her to fend off the Decepticon. After saving Sam, they realized that they had met before, albeit under less deadly conditions. Soon, the pair were saved from subsequent danger by the arrival of the rest of the Autobots. When Brains is welcomed into the Autobot ranks, Sam traded barbs with her to see how well she was taking this whole experience.
The two met after Mikaela dumped Sam and he got a Medal of Freedom for his heroism. Carly believes Sam's stories and is annoyed by Brains and Wheelie who live with them. Carly works for Dylan Gould as a curator and is given an expensive car, a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, by him, making Sam jealous. Carly gets annoyed when Sam decides to work with Simmons on figuring out what the Decepticons are doing rather than going to Dylan's party with her and leaves angrily. She is shocked when it turns out that Dylan is a Decepticon collaborator and is taken hostage by him, Soundwave, who reveals himself to be the SLS in disguise, and Laserbeak to force Sam to cooperate. Sam launches a rescue mission for her and with the help of Bumblebee, rescues her and kills Laserbeak before using a shot-down drone to relay what she knew of the Decepticons' plans to NEST. During the battle, Carly travels with Sam and Epps' team to stop the plan and is attacked by Starscream who Sam kills. While Sam heads off to stop the space bridge, Carly convinces Megatron to help Optimus against Sentinel Prime, leading to the deaths of Megatron and Sentinel. Carly reunites with Sam after the battle and they admit they love each other.
In May 2010, it was announced that Huntington-Whiteley would become the new female lead in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released 29 June 2011, replacing Megan Fox. She had previously worked with the film's director, Michael Bay, on a Victoria's Secret commercial. MTV Networks' NextMovie.com named her one of the 'Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011'. Prior to the film's release, she won the "Female Star of Tomorrow" award at the 2011 CinemaCon Awards. Critics were highly critical of the acting of Huntington-Whiteley and co-star Shia LaBeouf. Peter Travers stated the two "couldn't be duller." Jason Solomons of The Observer wrote that "we're first introduced to Rosie via a close-up of her bum, segueing straight from the film's opening sequence and titles on to the pert buttocks and underwear of our heroine," and that Huntington-Whiteley's English posh girl accent "renders her practically unintelligible when surrounded by American accents and falling masonry." Much of the criticism towards Rosie Huntington-Whiteley compared her in an unfavorable light to Megan Fox. Lou Lumenick said that her "'acting' makes...Megan Fox look like Meryl Streep in comparison." Baz Bamigboye gave his review of the film the title 'Come back Megan Fox, all is forgiven...'. In a positive review, Drew McWeeny of HitFix said, "She reminds me of Cameron Diaz in The Mask, an actress who doesn't really show off any range, but who gives a natural, winning performance and who is up to the challenge of this particular picture."
Glenn Morshower plays General Morshower in the films Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Transformers 4. He is the leader of NEST who communicates with the squad in the Pentagon. Having had a small role in the 2007 film's opening action sequence as Colonel Sharpe, a marine presumably killed during Blackout's attack in Qatar, he now returns playing a character named after himself.
Josh Duhamel plays William Lennox in the film series. With Robert Epps, he is part of a seven-man Joint Special Operations Command team in Qatar, who survive Blackout's attack on the base. Lennox has a wife and newborn daughter in the United States. Duhamel was a fan of the toy line as a child, and with Tyrese Gibson, they spent three days in boot camp to prepare for the role.
In the first film, Lennox is United States Army Special Forces Captain. In the second film, he is promoted to Major, and is now part of NEST, an international taskforce battling Decepticons with the Autobots. In the third film, Lennox is again promoted to U.S. Army Lt. Colonel.
Tyrese Gibson plays United States Air Force Combat Controller Technical Sergeant Robert Epps in the film series. Duhamel and Gibson were fans of the toy line as children, and Gibson paid the filmmakers so he could be in the film. Gibson spent time learning technical terms and military code from an actual combat controller to make his dialogue sound convincing.
In the second film, Epps is promoted to USAF Master Sergeant, a Combat Controller and a member of NEST. He was given different first names in merchandise, like Ray Epps in The Last Prime storybook, and Julius Epps in The Movie Universe book.
In the third film, Epps left NEST and retired from the U.S. Air Force. He is seen helping the Wreckers with repairs to the Autobot ship Xantium and he also joined the final fight.
Josh Kelly plays Stone, a former NEST member who went into retirement along with Epps in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Kelly also makes an appearance as a Strike Force team member in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
John Turturro plays Seymour Simmons, an arrogant and paranoid Sector 7 agent and Sam's unlikely ally in the first three films. Sector 7 is a group of agents created by President Hoover. Bay wanted Steve Buscemi for the role, but he was busy, so Turturro, whom Bay had wanted to work with ever since seeing The Big Lebowski, was cast instead. Turturro gave a slapstick performance, which was intended to be in contrast to the serious military scenes, so that a sense of fun would not completely disappear. The actor claimed to have based his performance on the director, although Bay stated he couldn't see anything of himself in Turturro's performance. A backstory was fashioned for Simmons, explaining his family had served in Sector 7 for generations, giving him a "mother's boy" personality. Bay cut these jokes as they were too crude.
In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Simmons is now off-duty working in his mother's deli. After he left Sector 7, Simmons took extensive alien documentation with him, which aided Sam in his quest for the Sun Harvester. He is known online by his nickname "Robo-Warrior", and runs a website called www.GiantEffingRobots.com, Leo Spitz's (Sam's roommate) rival site.
In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Simmons has written a book, Codename Hero: How Seymour Simmons and the Aliens Saved the World about his adventures with the Autobots, and is revealed to have had a relationship with Charlotte Mearing.
Michael O'Neill plays Tom Banachek, the head of Sector 7's Advanced Research Division in Transformers.
Rachael Taylor plays Maggie Madsen in Transformers. She assists the Department of Defense in decoding the virus left by Frenzy. She realizes that those hacking into the government's data files cannot be human, due to the ease with which they made the attack. The writers had initially envisioned Maggie as quirkier and more cyberpunk. The filmmakers opted for Taylor's natural Australian accent to give the film a global sensibility. She found many of her scenes difficult because of the high heels she wore.
Jon Voight plays the United States Secretary of Defense John Keller in Transformers. He is the first one to believe Maggie Madsen's theories. He announces that Sector 7 is dismantled in the end of the film.
|Motto||"No sacrifice, no victory!"|
|English voice actor||W. Morgan Sheppard (film), Patrick Viall (animated prequel)|
Archibald Witwicky was a Dutch/English sea captain leading an exploration of the Arctic in 1897 when a crew member found something beneath the ice. They started digging and discovered the frozen Megatron. Witwicky then accidentally activated the Decepticon leader's inertial navigation system which led to a sudden power surge. Unbeknownst to him, the discharge etched a digital map to the All Spark onto the lenses of his glasses. Blinded and forever marked by his vision, Witwicky was committed to a mental institution for life, constantly ranting about visions of the future. A few of his personal items were given to his family, including the pair of glasses. These were passed down over time and eventually given to his great-great-grandson Sam.
The other Autobots and Decepticons arrived on Earth, both searching for the All Spark and the captured Megatron.
|Series||Transformers film series|
|English voice actor||Julie White|
Judith "Judy" Witwicky is Sam's mother and Ron's wife, played by Julie White. She is somewhat flighty as she dresses up Sam's male dog, Mojo, in girly colors and jewelry. She is also very emotional and prone to cursing when in a bad mood.
She is one of the few humans to know of the Transformers, though she almost spills the secret in public after eating a brownie laced with marijuana while dropping Sam off at college. While high from the pot brownies, she also babbled to all the nearby girls that her son had lost his virginity, "popped his cherry" (with Mikaela presumably) whilst she was in the house and that he's "quite a catch". Sam and his father Ron quickly hustled her away before she could embarrass them further and reveal the secret of the Autobots. Afterwards, she goes to Paris with Ron where they are kidnapped by the Decepticons to serve as a bargaining chip. She and her husband are later rescued during the final battle in Egypt by Sam and Bumblebee who kills her kidnapper Rampage. Sam insists his parents leave him, but while his father refuses, Judy finally realizes Sam's grown up and convinces Ron to let him go. She later rushes back after Sam is killed by Megatron's plasma blast. She appears at the beginning of the third film, upon seeing the Bumblebee no longer lives with Sam, and has bought a similar looking car, which Judy calls a "sad piece of shit". Sam tells her and Ron to leave Washington DC before the Decepticons attack it the next day.
|Function||Head of Neighborhood watch.|
|Series||Transformers film series|
|English voice actor||Kevin Dunn|
In the Transformers film series, Ronald "Ron" Witwicky is Sam's father, played by Kevin Dunn. Unlike the cartoon, from which the film draws much of its inspiration, "Sparkplug" is not used as a nickname, although Roberto Orci has stated that this may possibly occur in any future sequels.
In the first film, Ron is oblivious of the true nature of his son's car, even at a point when the entire Autobot team is moving around outside his house. He is portrayed as a caring father but also as a rather picky person, cheapskate and a miser, who is at time obsessive in regards to his lawn and often enjoys playing jokes on his son. He also seems to have an irrational fear of earthquakes. Screenwriter Roberto Orci confirmed Ron knows the truth about the Transformers by the end of the first film. Unlike the first two films, in the third film, he has a beard. He and Judy leave Washington DC before the final battle.
In the Transformers: Dark of the Moon toyline, there is a character named Major Sparkplug (last name unknown) who is partnered with the Autobot Whirl. It is unknown if he has any relation to Ronald Witwicky or the rest of the family.
- Dark of the Moon Human Alliance Basic Major Sparkplug/Autobot Whirl (2011)
- Major Sparkplug is packaged with the Autobot Whirl and is compitable with any Human Alliance figure.
Fig and Donnelly
Amaury Nolasco and Zack Ward play ACWO Jorge "Fig" Figueroa and First Sergeant Donnelly in Transformers respectively. They are two soldiers who survive the destruction of the SOCCENT base and trek to rescue alongside Lennox, Epps, and other soldiers. Donnelly is impaled by Scorponok and Figueroa is wounded by a rocket fired by Scorponok. In a deleted scene in the Blu-ray version of the film, "Fig" is seen dying after getting wounded by Scorponok, but his character was made to stay alive in the finished film, and he was even offered to reprise his role in Revenge of the Fallen, which he had to refuse due to scheduling conflicts.
Ramón Rodríguez plays Leo Spitz in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Sam's whiny and cowardly college roommate who owns a website on conspiracy theories called www.TheRealEffingDeal.com. Rodríguez endured 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) winds created by electrical fans while filming in Egypt, which resulted in him dislocating his shoulder and having to spend 45 minutes having his eyes flushed of sand. At some point, the character was supposed to be called "Chuck" and Jonah Hill was considered for the role.
Ramón Rodríguez was initially planned to be in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, but he was dropped during early production.
John Benjamin Hickey plays Theodore Galloway, the American National Security Adviser who believes the Autobots' presence on Earth is the reason for the Decepticons still remaining on the planet. He appears in the film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
R. A. Colan
Rainn Wilson plays Professor R. A. Colan in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He is Sam's college lecturer who initially disliked Sam because of his bizarre behavior which upstaged Colan during the first day in class, but later respects him after learning of Sam's involvement in saving the world once again.
Dylan Gould in Transformers: Dark of the Moon
|First appearance||Transformers: Dark of the Moon|
|Last appearance||Transformers: Dark of the Moon|
|Portrayed by||Patrick Dempsey|
|Occupation||CEO of Hotchkiss Gould Investments
Ally to the Decepticons
Former member of the Board of Directors of Acuretta Systems
|Family||Mr. Gould (father)|
In Rising Storm #4, Carly explains that Gould is not fond of fighting robots, and it is all "kids stuff" to him.
Dylan Gould is the CEO of Hotchkiss Gould Investments and the boss of Carly Spencer, Sam Witwicky's love interest. Dylan aids Sam in eventually finding a job at the fictional Acuretta Systems by sending Sam's future boss at Acuretta Systems, Bruce Brazos, a recommendation letter. It is later revealed that Dylan is in the service of the Decepticons, specifically Soundwave, aiding the Decepticons in hunting down and murdering anyone involved with the American and Russian Moon missions to the Ark; having discovered the Decepticons' presence during the original Apollo missions, Dylan's father made contact with them, father and son considering the war none of their concern and therefore considering it 'practical' to side with the winners. During a key movie moment, as Dylan reveals his involvement with the Decepticons to Sam, he places Sam under control of a simple Decepticon shaped as a watch and kidnaps Carly with the help from Soundwave. Dylan wants Sam to find out if Optimus Prime has a special plan to fight the Decepticons, telling Sam that Carly will die if he doesn't cooperate. Technically, Dylan learns that the Autobots have no plans, and orders Starscream to fire their spaceship down to kill them all, though the Autobots have actually survived by landing down in the Atlantic Ocean. Before Sam is released, Sam swears he will kill Dylan for his actions. Dylan then heads to Chicago and the Trump Tower to witness the final phase of the Decepticon plan, taking Carly with him. Later in the movie, as Sam attempts to rescue Carly, Sam finds Dylan at Dylan's Chicago apartment and has him at gunpoint before Laserbeak manages to save Dylan by grabbing Sam and dropping him off the tower. Sam is saved and Dylan runs to tell the Decepticons that the Autobots are back, setting both up for their final fight. In their final fight, Dylan is somewhat annoyed that Soundwave is keeping several Autobots as prisoners, and convinces him to just kill them instead, which only led to Soundwave's death by Bumblebee. Eventually, Dylan reactivates the Control Pillar after it is temporarily disabled by Optimus Prime. Sam confronts Dylan; during their final fight near the Control Pillar, Dylan then taunts Sam that he doesn't have the guts to take him down at all, but Sam proves this wrong by knocking Dylan into the Control Pillar with a pole, electrocuting and thus killing him as Sam promised he would.
In the novelization for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Dylan appears to be very good at engineering and fixing cars, as he is able to fix Sam's new car within a minute. Also, when Sam kills him, he is incinerated by the energy of the pillar.
- Soundwave/Mr. Gould with Laserbeak (Human Alliance, 2011)
John Malkovich plays Bruce Brazos, Sam's employer in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Alan Tudyk plays Dutch, Agent Simmons' assistant in the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The name "Dutch" is a reference to the thug in The Transformers, and the character Lugnutz's rifle. He was once supposedly a cut-throat assassin who was quick on the trigger, but has since put that aside to start a new, civilized life.
Ken Jeong plays Jerry "Deep" Wang in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. A paranoid software programmer and conspiracy theorist who stalks Sam at work. Jerry then gives Sam information about the moon program, assassinations and the "Dark of the Moon". It turns out he is also in league with the Decepticons, but gets murdered by Laserbeak for giving Sam the information, and then trying to kill Laserbeak.
Elya Baskin plays Cosmonaut Dimitiri in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. A former cosmonaut who was supposed to travel to the dark side of the Moon. He gives Sam, Simmons, and Dutch the information about the Moon, showing them pictures and revealing Pillars being stockpiled on the Moon.
Mark Wahlberg will play Cade Yeager in Transformers: Age of Extinction. Cade is described as a single father and struggling inventor who one day purchases an old truck only to discover that it's the hiding Autobot leader Optimus Prime.
Kelsey Grammer will play Harold Attinger in Transformers: Age of Extinction. He's a paranoid government official who once supported to get rid of all Transformers, and plans to ensure their extinction.
Buzz Aldrin plays himself, who greets Optimus Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Minor roles include Peter Jacobson as the humorless high school teacher Mr. Hosney; Travis Van Winkle as Trent, Mikaela's mean football jock boyfriend before Sam came along; Bernie Mac as Bobby Bolivia, a used car dealer from whom Sam purchases Bumblebee; Tom Lenk as a member of Maggie's hacker team; Rick Gomez as a Sheriff who attempts to apprehend Sam after finding his dog's pain pills; J.P. Manoux as a Witness[clarification needed], Brian Stepanek as a Sector 7 agent and driver of Simmons; John Robinson as Miles Lancaster, Sam's best friend; Deep Roy as an Egyptian Border Guard; and Iqbal Theba as the UN Secretary-General.
From the first to third movies, 21 Autobots have appeared in the movies thus far. Most of them are members of NEST. By the end of Dark of the Moon, eight (or ten if Wheelie and Brains survived) Autobots remain on Earth. Other than Optimus Prime, Bumbleebee and Ratchet returning for Age of Extinction, it is unclear whether the other surviving Autobots return or not.
Dynasty of Primes
The Dynasty of Primes are the first Cybertronians who came into distant galaxies looking for planets where they could build Sun Harvesters. It was the Dynasty of Primes' rule that Sun Harvesters were not to be used in solar systems containing life.
Michael York, Kevin Michael Richardson and Robin Atkin Downes voice three members of the Seven Primes in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In 17,000 BC, one of them defied his brothers' rule about destroying planets with life by powering up the Sun Harvester, an act that ignited a war and earned him the name The Fallen. To stop the Sun's destruction the remaining six stole and hid the Matrix of Leadership, sacrificing themselves to make a tomb of their own bodies, sealing the Matrix away. When Sam dies, he has a vision of the Dynasty and they tell him he has earned the Matrix and this was always his destiny. The Dynasty then resurrects Sam, who in turn brings back Optimus Prime with the Matrix to kill the Fallen. But the Fallen takes the Matrix Of Leadership from Optimus Prime and Jetfire gives up his life to allow Optimus to use his weapons and power. Then Megatron got severely damaged and Optimus kills the Fallen.
Leonard Nimoy voices Sentinel Prime, is Optimus Prime's predecessor and mentor, and the primary antagonist in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, who transforms into a Rosenbauer Panther airport crash tender fire truck. Former Autobot leader, served as the captain of the Ark. Apparently, his intention to restore Cybertron to its former glory after the war drove him mad, causing him to go against his ideals by siding with the Decepticons and literally rusted Ironhide to death. After betraying the Autobots, Sentinel activates the space bridge pillars in Chicago, intending to summon Cybertron itself to Earth's atmosphere and repair the planet using Earth's resources and mankind as a workforce. Optimus engages Sentinel in battle but is overpowered by his old mentor, until Megatron steps in and takes out the traitor by blasting him with his rifle and slamming him across the bridge defeating Sentinel after being convinced to by Carly Spencer. After Bumblebee and Ratchet destroyed the control pillar, Sentinel complains and attempts to justify his actions, but Optimus executes him for betraying the Autobot and human races over his obsession with Cybertron, claiming Sentinel "betrayed himself".
In Revenge of the Fallen, Sentinel Prime is briefly mentioned in the rambling speech given by Sam Witwicky while under an AllSpark fragment-induced trance, with Sam mentioning a "mission".
Peter Cullen voices Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots who comes to Earth to destroy the All Spark in order to end the war. Don Murphy decided after discussions with fans on his website that they wanted the surviving voices from the original 1980s cartoon series, The Transformers. Cullen described reprising the role as easy as "slipping into an old pair of very comfortable shoes that you haven't worn for a while", and was grateful to the fans for wanting him back. His performance consisted of much improvisation with Bay, and portraying the traditional heroism of the character as well as bringing a sense of humor. Bay told the animators to seek inspiration from Liam Neeson to inspire Optimus' body language. Optimus transforms into a Peterbilt 379 truck built by truck designer Dave Porter of Wright City, MO. The selection of the Peterbilt, a more aggressive truck compared to the original flat-nosed truck from the animated series was also made as a nod to Spielberg's film Duel. The original cab over design was rejected because that would only transform into a twenty-feet tall model of the character, whereas the filmmakers wanted him to stand thirty feet tall. Optimus has red flame artwork on his blue body. This was a compromise between Hasbro, who wanted to retain the character's iconic red chest, and Bay, who felt red alone would not photograph well. Hasbro had previously rejected designs of Optimus which were too blue. Optimus' head was built on set as a prop.
For Revenge of the Fallen, conceptual essays were made in an attempt to use his classic trailer for his powerup mode, but this was ultimately dropped in favor of the incorporation of Jetfire's parts. Cullen recorded a voiceover for the opening scene in August 2008, but began the majority of voice work in November. Optimus is killed by Megatron during a battle along with Starscream and Grindor, though he kills Grindor, and rips off Starscream's arm. Near the end of the film he is revived by Sam with the Matrix of Leadership, wounds Megatron and kills The Fallen. Originally, a cameo was written for Cullen, but it was not included in the final cut of the film.
For Dark of the Moon, Optimus Prime revives Sentinel Prime using the Matrix of Leadership though later Sentinel betrays the Autobots and joins the Decepticons. During the film Optimus kills the Driller, Shockwave, Megatron and Sentinel Prime along with dozens of other Decepticons. Optimus has added a trailer similar to his Generation 1 counterpart, and has been redesigned to look more heroic. The trailer contains enhanced weapons, a shield and a flight gear.
For Age of Extinction, Optimus Prime is now a rusty 1973 Marmon cab-over truck and later on a new alternate mode in a blue and red Western Star 4900 Custom semi-truck. He has a new sword and shield, and will tame and ride Grimlock into battle.
Mark Ryan voices Bumblebee for the character's two lines at the end of the first film, when he regains his voice. For most of the first film's duration, Bumblebee communicates with radio soundbites because of his damaged vocal processor, but his throat begins healing after Ratchet fires a regenerative laser when they meet again on Earth: this was not clarified on screen, and Orci feels that Bumblebee being healed by touching the AllSpark is also a valid explanation. Before being cast in the role, Ryan had acted as a stand-in for the robots during filming, reading out their lines. The decision to make Bumblebee silent was inspired by Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, to show that his bond with Sam was beyond words. The filmmakers had considered using lines from various Paramount films, including "I feel the need for speed!" from Top Gun, but decided such lines would be too obvious. Credited clips used in the film include John Wayne from El Dorado and Nichelle Nichols as Uhura from the Star Trek television series. A full scale puppet of Bumblebee was also used for the film. The animators modeled Bumblebee's performance on Michael J. Fox's character in Back to the Future.
Bumblebee transformed into a 1974 Chevrolet Camaro, and upgrades into the 2006 model. Bay rejected the character's 1980s form of the Volkswagen Beetle, as it reminded him of Herbie the Love Bug. Hasbro did not mind as long as the car remained yellow. In reference to his original form, the Beetle is parked next to Bumblebee when Sam is buying him. The modern Camaro was chosen for its friendly appearance, while the old model was chosen to show that Sam's father could only buy him the cheapest car he could find.
Two years later, despite being repaired at the end of the 2007 film, Bumblebee's voice still uses radio soundbites to communicate. Sam tells Mikaela that Bumblebee's "playing it up". Mark Ryan reportedly reprised his role as the voice for Bumblebee, but ultimately no spoken lines by the character were included in the finished film. Ryan also continued his role as stand-in for the robots on set. The filmmakers updated Bumblebee's previous appearance as the 2006 Camaro Concept based on the Super Sport version of the 2010 production model. Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design, said the redesigned car emphasized Bumblebee as becoming stronger after having his severed legs reattached in the 2007 film, with the new intakes and spoilers showing him as a sturdier character. Concept designs were made that portray Bumblebee as the convertible version of the Camaro, but they were ultimately not used.
Three years later, Bumblebee has gone through some changes. His vehicle mode is now a Chevrolet Camaro 2011, and features a new body kit and paint job.
Robert Foxworth voices Ratchet, the team's medical officer. He transforms into a search and rescue 2004 Hummer H2. The writers had wanted to keep his original ambulance form, but the producers wanted something else. Hasbro did not mind if the character was either an ambulance or a fire apparatus.
For Dark of the Moon, Ratchet had some changes done to his vehicle mode, which was painted green and white. He has been spotted filming for Age of Extinction. In the teaser trailer, Ratchet is seen gunned down by soldiers, possibly hinting his demise.
Darius McCrary voices Jazz, a lieutenant who develops a fondness for urban culture and is Optimus Prime's second in command. McCrary said he was honored to follow in the footsteps of Scatman Crothers, who voiced Jazz on The Transformers. "When I was actually [recording], I really did feel Scatman's presence," he said. Mark Ryan had tried out numerous voices for Jazz, including a Sean Connery impersonation, before McCrary was cast. Jazz transforms into a modified Pontiac Solstice, a car the director felt was too small, but he decided not to argue with GM. Hasbro felt it was still a "cool sports car" reminiscent of his original Porsche 935 form.
He was killed by Megatron during the battle in Mission City in Transformers. The screenwriters chose to kill off Jazz as they felt he was the most likable character after Optimus and Bumblebee, although they did not have time to make it effective due to budget constraints.
Despite his death in the films, he appears as downloadable content for the video game based on Revenge of the Fallen for campaign and multiplayer mode. He also appears in the toyline for Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon.
Jess Harnell voices Ironhide, who transforms into a modified 2006 GMC TopKick C4500 medium-duty truck. The character is a cantankerous weapons specialist. Peter Cullen also voiced Ironhide on television and auditioned to reprise the role. When Harnell was voicing the character on set, he used a Southern accent as Cullen did. In the last two films, Ironhide seems to replace Jazz as Second-In-Command.
He is killed by Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon when Sentinel betrays the Autobots.
Skids and Mudflap
Tom Kenny and Reno Wilson voice Skids and Mudflap in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen respectively. They're also known as the twins. These Autobot infiltrators transform respectively into a green Chevrolet Beat and a red Chevrolet Trax. Mudflap is very hyperactive, while Skids believes himself to be the smarter of the two and tries to come across as mature, but nevertheless appears unable to keep quiet. Skids and Mudflap share an almost psychic link which enables them to coordinate their attacks in battle, when they are not bickering among themselves. Bay compared the message of the bumbling but heroic characters to the story The Little Engine That Could He chose the Beat and Trax for the Autobot twins because he thought those two small cars looked good together. Ed Welburn added when they had designed the cars before Bay selected them, the "character" they wanted to bring to the concepts was a sense that small cars could be as cool as large ones. The twins have the ability to combine. They start the film by combining into a pink and white ice cream van, and although it was dropped at some point during production, it was initially said that they would have the ability to combine to form a bigger robot.
Despite Michael Bay's initial denial of their return in Dark of the Moon, Skids and Mudflap, changed to transform into black Chevrolet Sparks, did have scenes shot for the film. However, they were not used in the film's final cut. In the novel and comic book adaptations of Dark of the Moon, they died at Sentinel Prime's hands alongside Ironhide.
André Sogliuzzo voices Sideswipe, a silver Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept. His arms sport detachable sword-like blades, and having wheels for feet, he moves around skating, similarly to the way Bonecrusher did in the 2007 film. For his development, its creators were inspired by roller derby players. Sideswipe was originally scripted to be a Lamborghini as he was in G1, but Bay ultimately decided to change him into the Stingray.
It is unknown if he will return for Age of Extinction, but it is possible that he is killed, along with other Autobots when the humans demand their execution.
Grey DeLisle voices Arcee, three female Autobots driven by a single consciousness, that transform into motorcycles. Functions as a field commander. Although given individual names in the official toyline, the sisters are collectively addressed as "Arcee" in the movie.
During development, the three bikes were first conceived to be able to combine into a single robot, and this ability can still be seen in the film's novelization. The three sisters are:
- A pink Ducati 848 called Arcee in the toyline.
- A blue Suzuki B-King 2008 called Chromia in the toyline.
- A purple MV Agusta F4 R312 called Elita One in the toyline. At some point, she was meant to be called Flareup.
Arcee was initially meant to appear in the 2007 film as a robot that transformed from a single bike, but was ultimately dropped from it due to concerns of her being too small compared to the other bots, and the fact that the writers felt there was not enough time to explain her gender, despite her and several other female Transformers appearing in the 2007 film's toyline and tie-in comics. Whether to explain robotic gender or not was something the writers were unsure about, and it remained undecided until post-production, with the issue eventually remaining unaddressed in the finished film. She was then replaced by Ironhide.
Arcee and Elita One were shown to be killed in Revenge of the Fallen at the Giza battle, and Chromia was supposedly killed in the large explosion, but between the second and third films (in the comics), Elita is crushed and killed by Shockwave, leaving only Arcee and Chromia. They did not appear in Dark of the Moon.
Jolt is a technician armed with a pair of electric whips, befitting his electric car alternate mode is a Chevrolet Volt. He was a last-minute addition to the cast as General Motors wanted to promote the Volt. The writers had already wanted to include the car in the script before the Writers Guild strike, so they had to work out a character that would fit well within the Autobot team afterwards and convince Bay to approve the addition. Welburn was pleased the Volt's character was christened Jolt by the filmmakers, as it reflected that car's design character.He appears in Revenge of the Fallen being surrounded by NEST forces along with Sideswipe, Ratchet, and Ironhide. He also fought in the battle in Egypt. After Jetfire sacrificed his parts to Optimus, He and Ratchet used his whips to fuse Jetfire's parts onto Optimus. He does not return in Dark of the Moon as in a prequel comic he is killed by Shockwave.
Mark Ryan voices Jetfire, a Cockney accented Seeker and former Decepticon who transforms into a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. His wounds and age have made him choose to fight on the side of the Autobots. The writers wanted a geriatric robot, and during scripting they gave Jetfire that personality. He creaks, does not transform well, and is said to be running out of energon. Also, he walks with a cane, which doubles as a battle axe. In the 2009 film, he sacrificed his spark to allow his parts for Optimus Prime to destroy the Fallen.
Tom Kenny voices Wheelie, a blue radio-controlled toy monster truck. Speaking with a Brooklyn accent, Wheelie initially serves the Decepticons just because he is scared of them, but during the 2009 film, upon learning that Jetfire had switched sides, he chooses to do so himself. He is called "Wheels" in the 2009 film novel.
It is unknown if he will return for Age of Extinction.
Reno Wilson voices Brains, a small and intelligent Autobot who transforms into a Lenovo ThinkPad Edge laptop computer, and is friends with Wheelie. His fate is unknown when he and Wheelie sabotage a Decepticon ship and crash landed in a river.
According to the movie prequel comics, he was originally a Decepticon mobile "brain unit" drone that had gained sentience and escaped.
Wilson previously voiced Frenzy in the 2007 film, and Mudflap in Revenge of the Fallen. Making him the only actor to play three different roles in the series.
There is a rumor circulating that Brains will return in Age of Extinction.
He was initially set to be called Mirage, and he goes by that name in the film's related media and toyline, but for the film his name was changed by request from Ferrari due to a Trademark claim, into the nickname given to Alfredo Ferrari, the son of the founder of Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari. In early concept art for the film he is named "Rush". The closing credits of the third film list the character as "Dino".
This was Quinn's final role right before his death in August 2011.
It is unknown if he will return for Age of Extinction, but it is possible that he is killed along with other surviving Autobots.
George Coe voices Que, an Autobot scientist who speaks with an Irish accent and whose head design resembles Albert Einstein and transforms into a blue Mercedes-Benz E550. He is an inventor and is seen giving the Autobots weapons and equipment he has created. He is later killed when Soundwave orders his execution; an unidentified Decepticon shoots him in the chest and Barricade finishes him off.
He was initially set to be called Wheeljack, going by that name in the film's related media and toyline but this was changed late in post production, as a homage to the James Bond character Q. The closing credits of the third film list the character as "Que/Wheeljack".
Ron Bottitta provides the voice of Roadbuster, an Autobot mechanic who with his fellow Wreckers works with Epps at a NASA base on the Xantium ship. They took part in the Chicago battle, providing a distraction to Shockwave to allow the others to escape. He then helps Optimus get out of a bad situation and helps in the counterattack on Sentinel Prime. He is present when Optimus destroys Megatron and Sentinel. He has a Scottish accent. Roadbuster's alternate mode is as an armored version of the #88 Hendrick Motorsports AMP Energy/National Guard car.
It is unknown if he will return in Age of Extinction, but it is possible he is either apprehended or killed along with other surviving Autobots.
John DiMaggio provides the voice of Leadfoot, an Autobot mechanic who with his fellow Wreckers works with Epps at a NASA base on the Xantium ship. They took part in the Chicago battle, providing a distraction to Shockwave to allow the others to escape. He then helps Optimus get out of a bad situation and helps in the counterattack on Sentinel Prime. He is present when Optimus destroys Megatron and Sentinel. He appears to be overweight as seen by the extra vehicle kibble hanging in front of his body. He has a Cockney accent. Leadfoot's alternate mode is an armored version of the #42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Target car.
He has been spotted on the set of Age of Extinction alongside Bumblebee, but his inclusion in the film remains unknown.
Topspin is an Autobot mechanic who with his fellow Wreckers works with Epps at a NASA base on the Xantium ship. They took part in the Chicago battle, providing a distraction to Shockwave to allow the others to escape. He then helps Optimus get out of a bad situation and helps in the counterattack on Sentinel Prime. He is present when Optimus destroys Megatron and Sentinel. He and Jolt are the only Autobot's in the series to not have any lines. Topspin's alternate mode is as the #48 Hendrick Motorsports Lowe's/Kobalt car.
It is unknown if Topspin will return for Age of Extinction, but it is possible that he killed or apprehended with other surviving Autobots.
Hound will be one of the new Autobots to appear in Transformers: Age of Extinction. His alt mode will be that of a Oshkosh Defense Medium Tactical Vehicle. According to a sneak preview of the film's toyline, his robot mode will be modeled after a commando with a beard and pipe.
Drift will be one of the new Autobots to appear in Transformers: Age of Extinction. He is said to be a former Decepticon tactician. Drift's alt mode will be that of a black and blue 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. According to a sneak preview of the film's toyline, his robot mode will be modeled after a samurai.
Crosshairs will be one of the new Autobots to appear in Transformers: Age of Extinction. His alt mode will be that of a green 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray. According to the Super Bowl trailer, a sneak preview of the film's toyline, and the teaser trailer, his robot mode will be modeled after a paratrooper with goggles and machine guns.
A January 2010 interview with late actor James Avery claimed that he would be providing the voice of an Autobot named "Silverbolt" in the third film, but no such character appeared in the finished movie. Similarly, a January 2011 article in the Idaho Times-News claimed that voice actor Bill Fagerbakke, who voiced Bulkhead in Transformers Animated, would be voicing one of the Wreckers, but the actor's voice did not appear. Mark Ryan, who voiced Bumblebee and Jetfire in the first two films, participated in the early production of Dark of the Moon, but his work wasn't ultimately featured in the film.
Tony Todd voices The Fallen, the original leader of the Decepticons. He is the renegade member of the Dynasty of Primes and Megatron's master. Although in the film, he is initially shown to be in the Nemesis in some kind of stasis for an unexplained reason, the prequel novels for the film say the Fallen was imprisoned in another dimension thousands of years ago by his brethren as a punishment for his betrayal. During this time, he was able to communicate with the Decepticons via an interdimensional window, and it was the image of his face, seen through this window, that served as inspiration for the Decepticon insignia. He is capable of opening Space Bridges at will. Although he does not transform in the film, his toy versions transform into a "Cybertronian destroyer" aircraft. The writers selected The Fallen after looking through various cartoons and comics for new characters, because he was the most "elemental" villain. At some point, Leonard Nimoy and Frank Welker (the original voice of Megatron) were considered for voicing the Fallen, before Todd came in (who had previously worked with director Michael Bay on The Rock). He is ultimately killed by Optimus Prime.
In the first film, Megatron crash-landed in the Arctic years ago in his quest to obtain the All Spark. When he is defrosted, he keeps his original alien jet form out of vanity. Frank Welker, who played the part on television opposite Peter Cullen, auditioned to reprise the role. Bay considered his voice too soft and felt it would be disrespectful to ask Welker to change it. Weaving's voice had been the inspiration Bay gave to his animators for the character, and the character's voice had become that of Weaving in the director's mind. Weaving recorded his lines in Australia, directed by Bay through iChat. The deviation from Megatron's 1980s Walther P38 pistol form was done to avoid morphing. Orci and Kurtzman also felt it would be "the equivalent to Darth Vader [becoming] his own lightsaber and having someone else swing him around". Fans disliked leaked images of the character's head design, so it was redesigned during filming. The prototype design had a much narrower face than the one seen in the finished film. Optimus calls Megatron his brother; Cullen interpreted this line literally, but while the writers state this was the case in early drafts, they consider the line in its final context to be metaphorical.
In Revenge of the Fallen, Megatron is the second in command behind his master, the Fallen. Despite Michael Bay's initial claims of him not returning after he was killed and thrown into the Laurentian Abyss in the first film, Megatron is resurrected by the Decepticons with an AllSpark shard as a Cybertronian winged tank, although in some adaptations of the film he can also change into 2007's Cybertronian jet mode, making him a Triple Changer. He has become stronger as a result of absorbing the AllSpark that originally killed him. When reviving the character, the writers chose not to rename him Galvatron so as to not confuse the general audience.
In Dark of the Moon, Megatron changed his vehicle mode to an armored rusty Mack Titan 10-wheeler fuel tank truck equipped with heavy weaponry. After Optimus Prime destroyed half of his face in Revenge of the Fallen, Megatron sometimes hides it by using a cowl. Instead of using a Fusion Cannon integrated into his arm, he uses a handheld version of it. After defeating the Autobot traitor Sentinel Prime, Megatron is finally killed by Optimus Prime, using his energon axe, which rips Megatron's head and spine from his body.
Frank Welker voices Shockwave, who transforms into a Cybertronian self propeller Cannon (seen in the Dark of the Moon toyline). A scientist, Shockwave is a cruel and emotionless Decepticon who is also extremely logical. He commands a worm-like Cybertronian creature called the Driller that is used for drilling purposes. He is killed by Optimus Prime.
Like his original G1 appearance, Shockwave's head features a single eye, and has a gun in place of one of his hands, with a tube connecting it to his body. Visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar said that the lack of eyes and mouth in Shockwave's design means "you have to read Shockwave through just the emotions of his face, almost like a silent-era film star," which caused the eye to have an intrinsic design, with a lens, a moving iris and an oscillating light.
Corey Burton, who voiced Shockwave in The Transformers and Transformers Animated was offered the role, but he declined it stating he does not want to be in a big budget movie, so actor David Warner was considered to voice him before the role was given to Welker.
Charlie Adler voices Starscream, the Air Commander and Megatron's second-in-command. Despite being a popular character, his role is limited because of the film's running time. A post-credits scene of him escaping Earth was added because audiences at test screenings wanted to know what happened to him. He transforms into a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor jet, which is the successor to his original form, the F-15 Eagle. This keeps the character's role as the powerful and technologically advanced air commander.
He flew into space at the end of the 2007 film, and returns bearing Cybertronian symbols on his body and commanding a new Decepticon army (actually gained in the pages of an IDW prequel comic book). Orci explained that it was their intention to let Starscream have more dialogue than in the 2007 film, and that dialogue additions made during post-production edged Starscream closer towards his G1 incarnation.
In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen he has a bigger role and more speaking parts, and he was more connected to the plot.
In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Starscream is killed by Sam Witwicky who blows off his head with a small bomb that was designed and given to him by Que/Wheeljack.
Frank Welker voices Soundwave, Megatron's Communication Officer. In the 2009 movie he doesn't adopt any robot or vehicle modes and is only seen in what the toyline calls "satellite mode", which he uses to attach himself to a military satellite to coordinate the Decepticons' movements around the world. His toy version, however, apart from this mode, has a proper robot mode and transforms into a Cybertronian craft. The concept artists also designed an Earth form of a Chevrolet Silverado for him to upgrade into, which was ultimately dropped.
The filmmakers had tried to work Soundwave into the 2007 film twice, and these roles eventually evolved into Blackout and Frenzy. The latter character was particularly thought to be too different from the original.
Early in production, he was meant to adopt a fish/submarine-like form right after he first falls into the ocean, and while this was ultimately left out of the movie, it can still be seen in the film's toyline.
Keith Szarabajka voices Laserbeak, Soundwave's minion that resembles a mechanical condor. An Infiltration Expert like his predecessor, Ravage, Laserbeak serves as a scout and spy for the Decepticons, and transforms into a Gyrodyne and a variety of electronic devices, such as a desktop computer, and an audio system and even a child size pink version of Bumblebee. Laserbeak is later killed on a Decepticon ship (piloted by Bumblebee) when Sam holds his head in front of a gun barrel which Bumblebee fires, blowing off Laserbeak's head for interfering with Sam's confrontation with Dylan. Unlike other robots in the film series, he has multiple alternate modes. Unique to this incarnation, he is intelligent and able to speak English.
In early production, Laserbeak was known as "Buzzard".
Blackout, a Decepticon who transforms into a MH-53J Pave Low III helicopter. Blackout is a first-strike soldier with his minion Scorponok attaching to him. He is killed by Willam Lennox when he shoots his spark toward the end of the movie.
 During production, Blackout was preliminary named Incinerator, Grimlock, Devastator and Vortex, being referred to by Ben Procter as the Transformer with "the most name changes during development".
Air Force Maj. Brian Reece played Blackout's hologram pilot. Reece was talking to Bay while filming at Holloman Air Force Base in May 2006, when one of Reece's men "walked by singing that stupid Team America song." Reece gave what he called a "death glance," and Bay chose him to play Blackout's pilot when the robot makes his attack. Reece was later called to Los Angeles, where ILM scanned his head and took pictures of him in different costumes for other scenes. Reece wore a fake moustache.
Scorponok, a mechanical scorpion who is Blackout's minion. A Decepticon Tracker whose core programming is only a tiny bit more complex than pure instinct. Scorponok was chosen after the writers discovered him in the pages of The Ultimate Guide and felt he was appropriate to the setting. A model of his head and tail was built, while primacord explosives were used for his ripple movements in the sand. This was potentially dangerous to cast members, generating genuine terror in the actors' performances.
After the events of the 2007 film, Scorponok repaired his tail. He participates in the battle in Egypt where he manages to wound Jetfire before the ancient Transformer crushed his head in response.
The character was inspired by the G1 Autobot Prowl, because the writers thought a Decepticon displaying authority would use the police car form. Barricade is able to house Frenzy in a compartment in his chest, ejecting him from his front grill. Takara and Hasbro had designed the flap for his toy and were unaware ILM had taken inspiration from their depiction of the character.
Barricade disappears in the end of the first movie, but briefly reappears again in Dark of the Moon - this time voiced by Frank Welker. He is shown executing Que/Wheeljack by Dylan's orders. During the battle in Chicago, he is soon killed by a group of soldiers with boomsticks.
Reno Wilson voices Frenzy, a small and vicious espionage expert who transforms into a GPX BCDW9815CNP boombox, and later into a mobile phone. For most of the film, Frenzy speaks in Cybertronian and has only a few English lines. He was primarily animated by one man, who gave the character quirky movements: Bay could tell which shots were not done by him and felt the character totally changed in those scenes. A puppet was also used on set. Frenzy was originally meant to be Soundwave, but the writers decided to rename him after one of his minions because he was significantly different from the original character. Other names given to him during production include Boombot and Soundbyte. Also, in early scripts, before Bay determined there would be no mass shifting in the movie, Frenzy — called Soundwave at the time — could turn into a humvee. His vehicle transformation eventually became the character we now know as Barricade.
Brawl, a robot turning into an M1 Abrams. For his portrayal, the crew chose to use an Abrams prop built for xXx: State of the Union. The character was intended to be named Brawl (which appears on all the merchandise), but a subtitled Cybertronian line in the film reads "Devastator reporting". Despite recognition of the error, the line was not fixed for the home media release of the film. Killed by Bumblebee while on the tow-truck.
Jimmie Wood[disambiguation needed] voices Bonecrusher, who attacks Optimus on the highway to Mission City. The animators modeled his fighting styles on hockey and football players. His alternate form of the Buffalo H Mine-Protected vehicle had been chosen based on a promotional image in which the fork looked much bigger than it really was, so for the movie, the vehicle was modified to fit a larger fork. Bonecrusher was killed in a fight with Optimus Prime in the first movie, but yet made a cameo appearance in "Revenge of the Fallen" and was seen attacking Ironhide.
The Constructicons are a Decepticon sub-faction of robots that transform into construction vehicles.
Calvin Wimmer voices Demolishor, who transforms into a white and red Terex O&K RH 400 hydraulic mining excavator. In robot mode, his treads turn into huge wheels, enabling him to roll either on the two of them, or only on the front one, with the rear lifted behind his head. During production, the film writers simply called him "Wheelbot", and he is listed by that name in the film's credits.
He is killed when Optimus Prime shoots him the right eye at point blank range.
Scrapmetal is a Constructicon who transforms into a yellow Volvo EC700C crawler excavator fitted with a Stanley UP 45SV attachment who joins Mixmaster, Long Haul and Rampage on the retrieval mission to recover Megatron. He is never seen in vehicle mode during the scene in the freighter. Then during Megatron's retrieval, he is referred to as "Ze Little One" by The Doctor, and then ripped apart by the others in order to provide spare parts for Megatron.
Mixmaster, who transforms into a black and silver Mack concrete mixer truck. He is briefly seen to have a third "battle mode" which appears to be a gun emplacement. According to his toy bio, he is an expert in chemistry and explosives who makes explosives and poisons for the other Decepticons' weapons. Some of the concept art shows him as a McNeilus mixer truck. Killed by Jetfire.He is the only Constructicon that is seen in a form other than Devastator.
Long Haul, whose alternative mode is a green Caterpillar 773B dump truck. Long Haul's robot mode was designed by freelance artist Josh Nizzi as fan art of the original character, by the time Revenge of the Fallen had just been greenlit. The fan art impressed Bay enough to hire him on to the film. He is killed in an airstrike during the final battle in Egypt.
Although in the movie Long Haul's alt mode is a Caterpiller 773B, a relatively small truck, Nizzi had originally meant Long Haul to be a Caterpillar 797, one of the largest dump trucks in the world.
Long Haul's model was reused, appearing briefly in the background scenes during the battle in Chicago in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Kevin Michael Richardson voices Rampage, who transforms into a red Caterpillar D9T bulldozer with model number M930. His robot mode resembles an upright-standing snake with his treads coming out of his hands, which he uses as whips. In the toyline, this mode is called "jackhammer mode", with his actual robot mode resembling a centaur with four spider-like legs.
He was originally intended to be yellow, but was later changed to be red, to improve the clarity of his fight with Bumblebee. Due to the fact that he moves around by jumping, during production he was known as "Skipjack", and is erroneously listed by that name in the film's credits.
Scrapper, a Constructicon that turns into a yellow Caterpillar 992G scoop loader. He is seen to be able to use his left arm as a chain mace similar to the one seen on Megatron in the 2007 film. Scrapper's likeness is briefly seen during the final battle in Chicago in "Dark of the Moon".
Frank Welker provided vocal effects for Devastator, a 46 feet (14 m) tall (hunched over) massive robot formed by several combining construction vehicles, who walks in a four-legged fashion resembling a gorilla. He is physically unable to stand up straight. If he did, would be 100 feet (30 m) to 120 feet (37 m). His jaws can open up to form some sort of suction vortex, and he has grappling hooks he is seen using to climb a pyramid. A Combiner, Devastator is the Decepticons' ultimate weapon. Killed by a railgun.
In the 2007 film, the name "Devastator" was mistakenly given to Brawl, a tank with a hair trigger temper. Brawl was killed in 'Transformers' unlike his team mates Starscream, Barricade and Scorponok, who survived making an appearance in the later sequels.
Although Devastator was originally conceived to be made up of the other Constructicons (which is also reflected in the toyline) in the film he was made to be independent from them. As a result of this change, Overload and Hightower were dropped as robots, only their once-intended vehicle modes being seen in the movie. Both Overload and Hightower's robot modes can still be seen in toy form in Takara Tomy's EZ Collection DX Devastator. At some point, Overload was planned to be a Komatsu HD465-7 articulated dump truck.
The vehicles that make up Devastator are:
- A red Terex O&K RH 400 hydraulic mining excavator named Scavenger forms the torso.
- A black and silver Mack concrete mixer truck named Darkmix forms the head.
- A red KW Dart D4661 Tractor Truck with articulated end dump truck named Overload forms the rear torso.
- A yellow Caterpillar 992G scoop loader named Scoop forms the right arm.
- A yellow KOBELCO CKE2500 II crawler crane named Hightower forms the left arm.
- A green Caterpillar 773B dump truck named Big Green forms the right leg.
- A yellow Caterpillar 769D dump truck named Payload forms the left leg. In the Hunt for the Decepticons toyline, Payload's robot mode appears to be a yellow recolor of Long Haul.
- A pair of yellow Caterpillar D9T bulldozers, one being named Jumping Jack forms the left foot, and a second bearing model M930, first seen in the freighter where the Constructicons first land, (although in some scenes he is red) named Skipjack forms the left hand. This model of Caterpillar D9T is reused for Rampage because his alternate mode bears the same number (M930) when he ejects Sam's parents to set a trap for Sam.
Sideways, a silver Audi R8 hiding with Demolishor in Shanghai, China until he is discovered by the Autobots. After getting chased by Arcee NEST brought in Sideswipe. He was then sliced in half and killed by the Autobot.
A Surveillance agent, Sideways prefers to lurk behind larger Decepticons to stay out of danger.
His model is later reused in Dark of the Moon in Optimus Prime's attack on the Decepticons fighting the NEST forces.
Frank Welker voices Reedman, a one-eyed razor-thin robot. Reedman appears when at a certain point in the film, Ravage is seen deploying a load of marble-sized "microcons" that adopt an intermediate bug-like robot form, and end up grouping together to form Reedman. Reedman's extremely thin frame serves him as his main ability, by making him virtually invisible as long as he is facing directly at his enemy.
The Doctor (Scalpel)
John Di Crosta voices Scalpel (known as The Doctor in the film), a small spider-like robot who turns into a microscope. He is a medic and scientist equipped with tools he is seen using to extract information from Sam's brain. The packaging of his Scout-Class figure details he is skilled in dissecting and rebuilding almost any living organism. His fate isn't shown in the film. The novelization and comic depict him being destroyed by Optimus Prime upon arrival.
In Dark of The Moon, a group of minuscule Decepticons who resemble Scalpel serve as medics attempting to repair Megatron's head, damaged during his battle with Optimus in the previous film's climax.
Isabel Lucas plays Alice, a Decepticon Pretender in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen who is sent from the Decepticons to get the information that Sam has when he came in contact with the fragment of the AllSpark and she is killed by Mikaela Banes. Though not covered in the film, the novelization and comic adaptation explains her adopted earth mode as her duplicating the appearance of a theme park animatronic figure of Alice in Wonderland.
Insecticon a small insect-like Decepticon present in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
He is only seen searching for Sam alongside Starscream, Long Haul, Ravage, and several others. He is able to find Sam, is deactivated by the human when he gives the other Decepticons his location.
Insecticon also appears in the Hunt for the Decepticons toyline.
Greg Berg voices Igor in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. A deformed Decepticon that scurries about Megatron at his base in Africa, he is actually the modified severed head of Long Haul, who was killed in the previous film. He is later seen eating the head of the Abraham Lincoln statue in Lincoln Memorial. Igor wasn't seen during the final battle, meaning his fate is unknown. He is similar to Creeper from the 1985 Disney film, The Black Cauldron.
In early production, Igor was known as "Undermine".
The Dreads are a trio of Decepticons who follow the Autobots back from the moon and turn into Chevrolet Suburban emergency vehicles. They also seem to vaguely resemble the Predator. Only three have appeared, in Dark of the Moon, but an unknown "fourth" Dread has been spotted filming for Age of Extinction, alongside Galvatron and Stinger.
Crowbar specializes in getting into secured areas and systems. He and Crankase fought Sideswipe and Ironhide holding both his guns at them. He then threw one of his two explosive darts at Sideswipe before getting shot by the Autobot Ironhide. During the highway scene Bonecrusher's growl from the first movie was reused for Crowbar.
In the toyline, Crowbar is depicted as turning into a Carbon Motors E7 police car.
Hatchet is a master strategist for the Decepticons, who has an animal-like robot mode. He attacked Sam and some Autobots. Hatchet is killed by Bumblebee and Dino/Mirage on the highway.
In the toyline, Hatchet is depicted to turn into a Eurofighter Typhoon.
Devcon is a Decepticon present in Chicago in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Devcon appears to be a quadruped Decepticon, with double-jointed forelegs, short back legs, as well as a pair of underslung appendages. Concept arts show that his alternate mode is that of a "Russian missile launcher".
Galvatron is a Decepticon who will appear in Transformers: Age of Extinction. His alternate mode is a black and grey 2014 Freightliner Argosy cab over truck. It's not known if he's reborn Megatron or not.
Lockdown is a Decepticon bounty hunter said to appear in Transformers: Age of Extinction. His alternate mode is a grey 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe. According to a sneak preview of the film's toyline, his robot mode slightly resembles Optimus Primal's apperance in Beast Machines.
Stinger is a Decepticon who was originally created by a company named KSI in Transformers: Age of Extinction. His alternate mode is a red and black 2013 Pagani Huayra. According to a sneak preview of the film's toyline, his robot mode appears to be a red version of Bumblebee's second robot mode in the film.
The AllSpark is also shown giving life to Decepticons. Orci explained: "Prime intended to use the Allspark to repower Cybertron as it was intended. Megatron wants to abuse it by creating Transformers directly, which makes souless, primal Transformers."
- a Nokia N93i phone.
- an Xbox 360.
- an Mountain Dew vending machine called Dispensor.
- the steering wheel on a Cadillac Escalade.
A character named Wreckage, with a M1126 Stryker ICV as his alt mode, had been designed, but eventually didn't get used in the film. Michael Bay also considered the character Tidal Wave, capable turning into an aircraft carrier, but was dropped for cost reasons. The character was included in one of Orci and Kurtzman's drafts of the script, and concept art was even created for it.
The 2009 film features other minor robots, including unnamed Decepticons with no earth modes, Decepticon hatchlings, and some kitchen appliances from Sam's kitchen brought to life by the AllSpark shard. Among these kitchen bots, is a pyromaniac toaster bot, named Ejector in the toyline who had also appeared unnamed in Mountain Dew commercials tying into the 2007 Transformers film. Several characters dead or disappeared in the 2007 film reappear in the 2009 film or in the 2011 film.
In the second film, Simmons kept information of the Primes hidden in his butcher shop. Some pictures showed vehicle modes of Seekers (ancient Decepticons).
- A Ford Model T car.
- A Consolidated B-24 Liberator bombing plane.
- A Lockheed F-104 Starfighter jet.
- An NYC Hudson locomotive.
Several "Super Cars" have been spotted on the set of Age of Extinction, including Lamborghinis, McLarens, Aston Martins, and even a green and white garbage truck, which may hint as Transformers built by the humans.
There are also vehicles confirmed to be alternate modes of robot characters in Transformers: Age of Extinction, but their names and factions are not yet revealed. Those include a white Chevrolet Sonic RS rally car, a Chinese Concept Car E-jet, a silver Aston Martin Vanquish, and a white 2013 Production Camaro.
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