List of Transformers: Robots in Disguise characters

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The principal cast from Transformers: Robots in Disguise.

This is a list of characters from the 2000 anime series Transformers: Robots in Disguise. The series focuses on two warring species of Transforming robots from the planet Cybertron. The series features many unique characters, however new incarnations of Transformers: Generation 1 characters appear in the series as well, such as Optimus Prime, Megatron, Prowl, Scourge, Ironhide, Mirage, Ultra Magnus, and Grimlock. In the show, since there were only 6 or 7 Decepticons, more characters were created in to fill up the ranks in the toyline; however, those characters are not listed here.

Autobots[edit]

The Autobots are the main race on Cybertron, and their enemies are the Predacons. The Autobots fought in the Cybertronian Civil Wars, presumably against the Predacons. Vector Sigma, the Allspark, chooses which Autobot is to be granted the Matrix and thus the position of commander-in-chief. The Autobots were already on Earth when the Predacons arrived, having taken the form of Earth vehicles to work as camouflage and established a Global space bridge network and a central base monitoring the entire planet.

In their disguises, the Autobots integrated themselves into human society; Team Bullet Train worked as actual trains, X-Brawn was owned as a car by Kelly, and Optimus Prime was working for a fire department. This continued after they went public; both Prowl and Tow-Line, for example, were shown enforcing human laws in an apparently official capacity, suggesting the Autobots had official ties to human authorities. It is known that Optimus fought the Predacons on other worlds, presumably using the same tactics as on Earth.

Commanders[edit]

Note that in Car Robots, there is not one singular Matrix, but multiple ones, each held by high-ranking Autobot commanders. Magnus already possesses a Matrix, and simply seeks to steal the power of Fire Convoy's to increase his own (the overspill of energy resulting in the supercharging of the Autobot Brothers).

Character Description
Optimus Prime Leader of the Autobots, bearer of the Matrix and brother to Ultra Magnus, Optimus Prime (Fire Convoy) transforms into a firetruck. The forward portion of the truck transforms into Prime himself, while the rear portion can form a mobile weapons platform/communications array/recharging station, or combine with Prime as additional armor and weapons in Super Mode (Super Fire Convoy). He is able to change the ladder of his fire truck mode into a powerful shoulder-mounted cannon, firing extremely cold jets of water in an attack he calls the Blizzard Storm. Additionally in Super Mode Optimus Prime could fire "Pulse Cannons" from his rotatable ears and later on missiles stored inside the inner racking of his super mode's firetruck ladder. Furthermore the sirens on his back in Robot mode are able to fire energy (as seen in episode 1) for the Blaze Blaster attack. Optimus also possessed a laser pistol in his regular mode. He is compassionate, caring towards others and with a human-like heart of justice and is prepared to surrender to save his friends, even if it means at the cost of his own life or through the power of the ultimate sacrifice. He also knows that whatever evil does, justice shall always prevail where the night is darkest right before the dawn. And where that night stands, "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings".

Voiced by Neil Kaplan United States and by Satoshi Hashimoto Japan

Ultra Magnus The first new character to bear the name of Ultra Magnus since the G1 original. He was known as God Magnus in the Japanese 2000 line, Transformers: Car Robots. God Magnus owed his name and alternate mode to Ultra Magnus (and also to Godbomber, an earlier character from the G1 "Super-God Masterforce" anime, who disassembled to form armor for his Prime-styled partner, Ginrai), so when the series was released in the US, the name change was obvious, and Ultra Magnus returned to TV screens for the first time since the G1 series. Ultra Magnus transforms into a car carrier capable of transporting other Autobots such as the Autobot Brothers. In addition to his remarkable strength and fighting ability, he is armed with the "Blue Bolts" - a variable-configuration weapon of immense destructive power, it could configure between a laser cannon, a gatling gun and a dual armed laser cannon and gatling gun weapon. Ultra Magnus also had small missiles in his white wrist sections he used occasionally. His back-mounted repack allows for periods of flight.

Voiced by Kim Strauss United States and by Takashi Matsuyama Japan

Omega Prime When his brother, Optimus Prime, was chosen to carry the Matrix, Ultra Magnus felt passed over, and was left carrying a grudge against his brother that eventually exploded into violence when he arrived on Earth with the intention of taking what he believed was rightfully his- by force, if necessary.[1] Severely injuring Prime, who refused to fight back, Magnus tracked him to a desert island, where he pretended to offer him the hand of friendship, only to attempt to absorb the Matrix for himself, forcing the brothers into the powerful combined form of Omega Prime (God Fire Convoy). Through this link, Magnus was also able to channel the power of the Matrix, which he used to supercharge the Autobot Brothers into newly-colored forms. Although Magnus remained a free agent, refusing to take orders from his brother, his animosity dwindled and he frequently helped the Autobots by combining with Prime to battle the Predacons and Decepticons. Despite being present in the battle against Galvatron at Earth's mantle, it is officially Omega Prime now returns to the Earth's surface, separating back into Optimus and Magnus, after he triumphs. Ultra Magnus can be seen riding atop Fortress Maximus in shipping the detained Galvatron, Decepticons and Predacons, excluding Sky-Byte, to the asteroid prison colony on Cybertron.

Voiced by Daniel Riordan United States and by Satoshi Hashimoto Japan

Autobots Brothers[edit]

The Autobot Brothers are Optimus Prime's first choice for backup and three of his most-trusted men. Whenever he goes on a mission, the brothers are usually close behind, bickering with each other. The eldest brother is X-Brawn, a rough-and-tumble cowpoke whose strength is his wild outdoors nature. Meanwhile Prowl is a strict, by-the-book cop who has a full time job keeping his brothers in line, especially the youngest, Side Burn who loves nothing more than slacking off and ogling sexy red sports cars. More so than the other Autobots, the three brothers tend to be the ones who interact with humans, especially Koji Onishi.

Character Description
X-Brawn The eldest of the three Autobot Brothers. X-Brawn (Wildride) loves extremes and can handle any type of environment, from desert to blizzard, and can traverse some of the toughest terrain. He lives for the thrill, and can often be found climbing the tallest towers in the city in car mode, using his winch to pull himself up the buildings. He is a martial arts master, and has enormous strength in his left arm, which he uses to execute lariats (a pro-wrestling maneuverer) on his Predacon opposition. X-Brawn is a bot of few words, but is very reliable.

Voiced by Bob Joles United States and by Masahiro Shibahara Japan

Prowl The middle sibling of the three Autobot Brothers. Competent and loyal, Prowl (Mach Alert) is Optimus Prime's trusted right-hand man. He possesses a sharp, tactical mind which makes him very quick to assess situations. Prowl is equipped with jet boosters in car mode, which allows him to give chase with remarkable speed; the boosters can also be used as weapons when in robot mode. Prowl takes his role as an enforcer of the law seriously, and is very conscientious about rules and regulations—something that his fellow Autobots often experience. Prowl can use his electronic systems to jam radios or hack into systems, and his ultra-sensitive scanners can detect the hum of an enemy circuit from clear across a city, and he will not give up until he's got his man. In his role posing as an ordinary human police car, Prowl has become a model officer dedicated to the preservation of law and order - even when it occasionally conflicts with his duties as an Autobot. He's constantly on Side Burn's back for his habit of stalking red sports cars, and he thinks that the veteran X-Brawn should try to set a better example for their younger teammate.

Voiced by Wankus United States and by Takayuki Kondo Japan

Side Burn The youngest and fastest of the Autobot Brothers, Side Burn (Speedbreaker) rockets down highways in his Dodge Viper mode for fun, in pursuit of an enemy - or chasing after his latest flame. Because that's Side Burn's greatest weakness: the ladies. Every time he sees a little red sports car, he's falls in love all over again, but cannot seem to comprehend that Earth cars are not alive. Despite his flaws, he is a courageous and sympathetic Autobot, always ready to defend those whom he cares about. He also displays a sense of humor, something he thinks his older siblings lack.

Voiced by Wally Wingert United States and by Punch UFOJapan

Team Bullet Train[edit]

This trio of Autobots is composed of cheerful junior member, Midnight Express (J4), battle-ready Rapid Run (J7), and their courteous commander, Railspike (J5). There's not a lot they cannot handle on their own, but when the situation demands extra firepower, the team can combine into the mighty Rail Racer (JRX).

Character Description
Railspike Railspike (J5) is the grizzled leader of the Team Bullet Train. He is courageous and polite, and his intelligence makes him akin to any battlefield situation. He tends to act as a peacekeeper when tempers get out of hand. Despite his apparent age, Railspike is still able to take on his enemies with incredible efficiency and skill. Railspike transforms to a 500 Series Shinkansen Nozomi bullet train engine. He is equipped with rocket launchers in his shoulders, and is capable of generating ultrasonic waves, powerful enough to take down his targets in one hit. He also fires Reflector Mines which can send an opponents attack right back at them. He forms the upper body, arms and head of Rail Racer (JRX).

Voiced by Mike Reynolds United States and by Shōji Izumi Japan

Rapid Run Rapid Run (J7) is eager, enthusiastic, and proud. He is a remarkable warrior, often taking on multiple foes with unrelenting courage (though this could be attributed to his hot-headed attitude). He is very competitive and likes to think of Team Bullet Train as the Autobot's elite force, and of himself as the fastest of all the Autobots. Rapid Run can change to a 700 Series Shinkansen Rail Star bullet train engine. He is armed with a grenade launcher, and can fire large, powerful missiles from his Deflector Shield, which deflects attacks. He forms the lower body and back of Rail Racer (JRX).

Voiced by Keith Diamond United States and by Eiji Takemoto Japan

Midnight Express Midnight Express (J4) is the youngest of the three members in the bullet train team. He is cheerful, friendly and eternally upbeat in the company of his friends, but harsh in the presence of enemies. Midnight Express transforms to an E4 Series Shinkansen bullet train engine. He is equipped with high temperature missiles, and his shoulders can generate shearing blades of solid light, capable of slicing giant icebergs in two. He has high strength and endurance in cold weather, but is less efficient in warmer environments. He transforms into the legs of Rail Racer (JRX).

Voiced by David Lodge United States and by Naomi Matamura Japan

Rail Racer Rail Racer (JRX, short for "Japanese Rail Express") is the combined form of Team Bullet Train.

Spy Changers[edit]

A team of six Autobot espionage specialists. The team can drive over any surface, even water, in defiance of gravity, and have optical camouflage powers that render them invisible at will. Despite their radically different personalities, the Spy Changers are a perfectly functioning unit, often relying heavily on teamwork tactics.

Character Description
Hot Shot Hot Shot (Artfire) is the leader of the Spy Changers. He comes across as gruff, almost rude, in his role as commander, but this is really a result of his strong concern for his subordinates. He is a personal friend of Optimus Prime, whom he has served under for millions of years. Hot Shot is armed with an adjustable fire blaster gun, which can be focused to a narrow beam or spray fire in a wide angle. An interesting point of trivia; in Car Robots, Artfire is referred to as a relative of Fire Convoy.

Voiced by Michael McConnohie United States and by Eiji Takemoto Japan

R.E.V. R.E.V. (Race Exertion Vehicle, he is often simply called "Rev") (Eagle Killer) is the Spy Changer's tactical officer, and Hot Shot's right-hand man. Given his voice, he is the oldest of the Spy Changers, but this does not seem to impede his performance in any way. R.E.V. has excellent jumping prowess, and can spring from building to building in urbanized areas. He's armed with a shotgun.

Voiced by Steve Kramer United States and by Chōtomi Nimura Japan

Crosswise Crosswise (X-Car) is the Autobots' science officer. His specialty is space engineering, but he also has a hand in developing new machinery, and often helps out with the maintenance of his teammates. Crosswise is armed with an anti-gravity gun, which causes the targets it hits to rise in the air.

Voiced by Dan Woren United States and by Junichi Miura Japan

W.A.R.S. W.A.R.S. (Wars) is one of the few pro-war Autobots, a bold and daring warrior whose violent actions frighten and appall friend and enemy alike. He is equipped with heavy armor and a machine gun, which he's firing all but constantly. (W.A.R.S. stands for Wicked Attack Recon Sportscar)

Voiced by Steven Blum United States and by Riki Kitazawa Japan

Ironhide Ironhide (Ox) is one of the younger members of the Spy Changers, yet is a battlefield veteran with incredible strength. He's normally very peaceful, but can be incredibly irascible at times, he often takes out his frustration on Predacons or Decepticons. He does not like to be told what to do. Ironhide is a transports expert and wields a shockwave rifle.

Voiced by Michael McConnohie United States and by Eisuke Yorita Japan

Mirage Mirage (Counter Arrow) is one of the most unenthusiastic Autobots - he's unsure of the Autobot cause, and cannot be fully trusted. But despite his doubts, Mirage is a very valuable soldier - he carries out various functions, from bodyguard duty to espionage and pleasure all of them with excellent results. Mirage is the fastest of the Spy Changers, and an excellent marksman. He is armed with a laser sniper rifle. Note that he resembles his G1 incarnation.

Voiced by Wally Wingert United States and by Ryō Naitō Japan

Build Team[edit]

As the engineers who built the Global Spacebridge tunnel system that transports the Autobots around Earth, the Build Team (Build Masters) always wanted to see action on the front lines, and thanks to Optimus Prime, they got their chance. The team is capable of combining into Landfill in various configurations.

Character Description
Wedge Wedge (Build Boy) is the young leader of the Build Team. Unrefined and reckless, he sometimes makes mistakes owing to his youth, but with the help of his friends and the acquisition of plenty of experience, he is maturing into a capable leader. Wedge appears to have an almost limitless energy reserve. He wields a double-barrelled beam gun.

Voiced by Michael Reisz United States and by Yukiko Tamaki Japan

Heavy Load Heavyload (Build Typhoon) has the greatest strength and the thickest armour of the Build Team. Being well versed in all sorts of fighting techniques, he is also Wedge's martial arts instructor. He acts as Wedge's personal aide, and is prepared to lay down his life to follow his leader's orders.

Voiced by Daran Norris United States and by Yoshikazu Nagano Japan

Hightower An expert marksman, Hightower (Build Cyclone) is second to none when it comes to using firearms. He acts as Wedge's personal bodyguard. Wedge's recklessness can leave him at a loss, but he dispenses frank advice even while staunchly supporting his leader. Hightower has deep trust from his teammates.

Voiced by Keith Anthony United States and by Masami Iwasaki Japan

Grimlock Grimlock (Build Hurricane), the Build Team's second-in-command, has a really sunny disposition. Calmly and coolly, he judges the progress of a battle, then provides appropriate advice to Wedge and his other teammates. Grimlock is often deep in thoughts, pondering how best to pass on to Wedge his experience on numerous battlefields.

Voiced by Tom Wyner United States and by Hiroki Takahashi Japan

Landfill Landfill (Build King) is the combined form of the Build Team.

Recurring Autobots[edit]

Character Description
Skid-Z When this eager soldier arrived from Cybertron, Skid-Z (Indy Heat) selected the race car of Augie Cahnay to be his vehicle mode, but also wound up absorbing Cahnay's psychotropic energy, which had saturated the vehicle, leaving him compelled to enter any race he could find.

Voiced by Michael Lindsay United States and by Hitoshi Nishimura Japan

Tow-Line Working undercover as a tow truck, Tow-Line (Wrecker Hook) has learned the rules of the road, and now lives by them, punishing any infraction, large or small, and even if a fellow Autobot is responsible. He is well known for the phrase "No parking means no parking!" He's responsible for traffic riot control, and can use his powerful hook to lift and carry anything from a bike to a bullet train.

Voiced by Lex Lang United States and by Masami Iwasaki Japan

Fortress Maximus Fortress Maximus (Brave Maximus) was hidden on Earth in order to protect the planet—it is often assumed that he was sent to prevent the potent energy within burgeoning mankind from falling into twisted hands—slumbered beneath its surface, with the assorted keys to his re-awakening scattered across the globe - the component pieces known as the O-Parts were concealed within ancient structures, the Orb of Sigma within a subterranean pyramid, and Cerebros, the power key of Maximus, within a South American temple, all presumably done with the aid of the early civilisations responsible for the constructions. At some undefined point, a group of six Autobots were sent to Earth to reactivate him, but when their ship crashed, they joined Maximus in stasis, until the emergence of Megatron and Optimus Prime's forces. His Headmaster component is known simply as The Emissary (Brave in Japan), while Cerebros is here the name of the Emissary's Headmaster (known as Plasma in Japan), the smallest component of the toy. Interestingly, rather than being portrayed as human/Nebulon-sized in the animated series, Cerebros was the size of a normal Transformer, making Brave Maximus civilizations far, far larger than his American predecessors.

Voiced by Steve Blum, Steve Kramer (as Cerebros) United States and by Masayuki Kiyama Japan

Predacons[edit]

The Predacons are ruthless conquerors from the planet Cybertron, led by Megatron. When they reached Earth they found their old enemy Optimus Prime and his Autobots already there waiting for them. Megatron claims they ravaged many worlds in the past. How they managed this, since they arrived on Earth almost out of power and fairly hopelessly incompetent, is unknown. It is officially recorded that Slapper, Gas Skunk, and Dark Scream's main quality is being good for a laugh.[2] Eventually Megatron also gained the Decepticon sub-group as troops and a strong rivalry developed between the militaristic Decepticons and the bumbling Predacons. There is a governing body on Cybertron called the Predacon Council, who seem to have some authority over Megatron.

Commanders[edit]

Although Megatron/Galvatron often appears to be the ultimate Predacon authority, it is revealed late in the Robots in Disguise show that he had been sent to Earth by a Predacon Council. The Predacon leadership hierarchy is unknown beyond this. On Earth, Megatron usually stays at his base, the Megastar, where he watches the missions he sends his Predacons on. Usually, he leaves Sky-Byte in charge of them, and when the Predacons return and failed their mission, Megatron punishes them in an unimaginably cruel way.

Character Description
Megatron/Galvatron Megatron (Gigatron) is the merciless leader of the Predacons, including Sky-Byte, Slapper, Darkscream and Gas Skunk, in Transformers: Robots in Disguise. Having wrought destruction across most of the universe, Megatron has now turned his attention to Earth and the energy it is rich in, as well as having a hidden agenda - to obtain the power of Fortress Maximus. To this end, he kidnaps energy expert Doctor Kenneth Onishi, who had previously uncovered many of the keys to unlocking Maximus's power.

Megatron's own great power is evidenced by his six-mode transformation - robot, bat (Gigabat), twin-headed dragon (GigaDragon), jet (GigaJet), car (GigaFormula) and claw (GigaHand). Each form has its own different capabilities, making Megatron a very unstable and unpredictable fighter. In Car Robots, each mode has its own personality, voice, and behavior patterns.

In the pursuit of his greater agenda, Megatron began seeking the mysterious O-Parts, which led to the Orb of Sigma, in a subterranean pyramid. The orb would lead to Cerebros, the power key to the huge Autobot battle station, Fortress Maximus, who, it was revealed, he had actually come to Earth to obtain. When Megatron was buried in the ruins of the pyramid following a failed attempt to steal the orb from the Autobots, he underwent his most startling transformation of all, as the energies of the pyramid resurrected him as the vampiric Galvatron (Devil Gigatron), able to enhance his own strength by draining the life energy from others. As Galvatron, he possessed four additional transformations - a hydrofoil, a gryphon, a pterodactyl and an elephant, used to terrifying effect when he drained the energy of Fortress Maximus and decided to engage Omega Prime in a final battle at the Earth's mantle. Thankfully, Prime was able to defeat him with the gathered energy of Earth's children, courtesy of Fortress Maximus, and he was sent back to Cybertron for imprisonment.

Voiced by Daniel Riordan United States and by Yōichi Kobiyama Japan

Sky-Byte In some ways, Sky-Byte (Gelshark) is one of the central characters on the show. All he wants is for Megatron to see him as the loyal and dependable warrior that he really is, and he goes to great lengths to prove his resourcefulness to him. Although heralded as one of the mightiest Predacon warriors, Sky-Byte has summarily failed to live up to his hype during Megatron's campaign on Earth. Unfortunately for Sky-Byte, things seldom turn out as he has planned them - if it is not the Autobots who thwart his plans, it is the three fools he has under him. And then there's the new threat, Scourge; that ingratiating newcomer who tries to assume his place as Megatron's second-in-command.

In spite of the disgraces he has to endure in the cartoon, Sky-Byte is one of the most feared and respected Predacon warriors. He's a merciless warrior in battle - in shark mode his powerful jaws can tear through an armored tank, and the anchor arm on his left side can crush even the thickest, strongest wall like a microchip in the jaws of a shark. He is shown to have a brilliant tactical mind as in one episode he caught Optimus Prime underwater and narrowly lost in an underwater battle to Prime. As the series goes on he's more shown as a bumbler with a kind heart, rather than a brutal tactician. After Galvatrons defeat the trio, Sky-Byte ponders his fate, as he is still on earth. Skybyte is shown swimming and singing happily as the series ends.

His fierce outer appearance aside, there is also a softer side to Sky-Byte - he's an intellectual with great love of poetry. He also sings a song while in a good mood about himself. The toy is a repaint of transmetal 2 Cybershark from Beast Wars.

Voiced by Peter Spellos United States and by Konta Japan

Predacon Field Squadron[edit]

The Predacon Field Squadron ground force are specialized for combat in water, air and on land, and they cannot cut it in any of them. They try their best, but their most admirable quality is that they are good for a laugh. Each member of the team fires the Right, Left and Center Lasers to combine into one mighty attack.

Character Description
Slapper Slapper (Gusher) is one of the Predacon foot soldiers under Sky-Byte's command and, although its not saying much, is probably the most competent of the Predacon Trio. Slapper seems to be portrayed as Skybyte's right hand man. In beast mode, Slapper can leap remarkable distances in a single bound. He can use his long tongue like a whip, dexterously wrapping it around his enemies' weapons to snatch them away. In robot mode, the tongue detaches to be wielded as a weapon. He also has a camouflaged extensible grabber claw which can tear through the hull of a battleship. Slapper has also proven himself to be a supremely competent hacker, able to infiltrate even heavily protected systems. Slapper has a tendency to speak his mind without thinking, often earning his superiors' disapproval. Slapper does tend to be gullible, as he believed Sideburn when he tells him that he was once a tricycle that fell for a red tricycle. He transforms into a frog. His tongue is over 40 feet (12 m) long and he attacks with his Right Laser in robot mode. In Car Robots, he speaks in Kansai dialect.

Voiced by Peter Lurie United States and by Ryō Naitō Japan

Gas Skunk Gas Skunk (Gaskunk) is one of the three foot soldiers under Sky-Byte's command. He is snobbish and conceited, traits that are possibly a response to others' treatment of him - being a skunk, most individuals tend to keep a distance from him. Gas Skunk is an expert in demolitions operations and is also something of a technical specialist; able to cobble together intricate devices from the barest of essentials. He can fire time bombs from his right shoulder and emit a gas from his mouth that, if inhaled, causes uncontrollable laughter. In beast mode he can also emit his Death Skunk Attack; which fires a cloud of acid. In robot mode he fired a Left Laser from his left shoulder. He relies on his serrated tail for close range combat. In Car Robots, he speaks in effeminate Japanese. Gas Skunk was named the 15th top unfortunately named Transformer by Topless Robots.[3]

Voiced by Jerry DeCapua United States and by Norio Imamura Japan

Dark Scream Dark Scream (Guildor) is one of the Predacon soldiers under Sky-Byte's command. Rather flamboyant, he loves to show off his fencing skills. He has an all-absorbent fascination with samurai and swashbuckler dramas. Dark Scream is a fairly competent swordsman (though he often boasts his expertise) and can slice through most alloys with one stroke of the serrated Energon sword hidden in his tail. Nocturnal by nature, he has no trouble with all-night missions. Can virtually escape detection - he emits an electromagnetic cloaking field, is soundless in flight, and disappears in subdued light and shadows. His "Center laser" also has freezing properties. Transforms into a Japanese giant flying squirrel. In Car Robots, he speaks in feudal "de gozaru" style Japanese.

Voiced by Steven Blum United States and by Hiroki Takahashi Japan

Decepticons[edit]

In an attempt to bolster their numbers, the Predacons stole six Autobot protoforms. With their forms taken from vehicles found at a nearby airfield, and their personalities corrupted by Megatron's evil influence, they were given the title of Decepticons (Combatrons).

Character Description
Scourge Scourge (Black Convoy), as he came to be named, was one of a crew of six Autobots sent to Earth to reactivate the legendary Autobot battle fortress, Fortress Maximus. As leader, Scourge was equipped with the ability to detect the unique energy signatures of the O-Parts, the Cybertronian components that held the key to Maximus's awakening - but he was never given the opportunity to use that ability in the service of the Autobots. With all six members of the crew held in stasis pods in protoform state through the long journey, their craft malfunctioned and crashed on Earth in the mid-20th century, and the Autobots joined Maximus in slumber.

In the present time, archaeologist and energy expert Doctor Kenneth Onishi's research eventually led him to the various links in the chain of Fortress Maximus - he located the fortress itself beneath Earth's surface, mapped the location of the O-Parts, and discovered the location of the crashed Autobot spaceship. However, when the evil Megatron came to Earth with the intent of harnessing Maximus's power, he captured Onishi, and through mental scans, discerned the location of the Autobots' ship. Stealing the six protoforms, Megatron took them to a nearby military base to scan vehicle modes for them, infusing them with a part of his own spark energy to turn them to the side of evil. The first five became the Decepticons, but when Megatron targeted a tanker truck to scan as the alternate mode of the final protoform, Optimus Prime leaped into action in order to save the truck's human driver, and as a result, the tanker, Prime and the human were all scanned. With an infusion of Megatron's spark energy to complete the concoction, Scourge was born, emerging from his pod as a dark twin of Optimus Prime, who proved that Megatron's programming had over-ridden any Autobot goodness within him. Appointed leader of the new Decepticons, he quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with.

Voiced by Barry Stigler in United States and by Taiten Kusunoki Japan

Commandos[edit]

The Commandos comprised the rest of the Autobot mission sent to reactivate Fortress Maximus. Together, they possess the ability to combine into one mighty robot, Ruination, with each of the four smaller members able to form any limb, rather than assuming the fixed configuration of the animated and comic book incarnations G1 predecessor. Movor and Ro-Tor can form arms to give Ruination flight powers, while Armorhide and Rollbar give extra physical power in the role. Ruination's weapons are a combination of all the team's individual guns, and can level a city with their power.

Character Description
Mega-Octane Mega-Octane (Dolrailer) is the cool, calculating leader of the Commandos. He is cruel and unfair, and uses his four subordinates as if they were his own limbs - he expects them to carry out his orders without question, and he has no tolerance with delays or mistakes. He is somewhat envious of Scourge, who snatched leadership of the Commandos directly from him. In missile trailer mode, Mega-Octane can launch missiles with a range of 65 miles (105 km). In robot mode, he carries a laser rifle. He can also transform into a combat station and perform maintenance on his teammates. He forms the torso and head of Ruination.

Voiced by Bob Papenbrook United States and by Holly Kaneko Japan

Armorhide Armorhide (Dangar) specializes in desert warfare, and his body camouflage can fool most Autobots' photoreceptors. Unfortunately, his loud boasting and eagerness to scrap Autobots often reveal his position. Armorhide is not too bright, he is described as a "Half-track mind" by fellow Commandos. In tank mode, Armorhide can reach speeds of 45 mph (72 km/h) and has a range of 600 miles (970 km). His turret-mounted gun shoots a shell up to a distance of 3.5 miles (5.6 km) with powerful force. Armorhide combines with his fellow Commandos to form the giant robot Ruination.

Voiced by Richard Epcar United States and by Takayuki Kondo Japan

Movor Movor (Shuttler) transforms into a combat space-shuttle, and is capable of achieving planetary orbit under his own power. He carries detection equipment so he can search for Autobots from orbit, and is equipped with a powerful, long-range x-ray laser that allows him to attack them from that distance. He is somewhat pompous about his abilities, something which irritates his teammates. Movor has excellent heat-resistance. He combines with his fellow Commandos to form the giant robot Ruination.

Voiced by Robert Axelrod United States and by Hidenori Konda in Japan

Rollbar Rollbar (Greejeeper) specializes in hand-to-hand combat. He is a skilled practiser of Crystallocution - the Cybertronic martial art of defeating an opponent by attacking his metal fracture points. He's also very interested in Earthen martial arts. Although described as "All-terrain terror", Rollbar prefers Arctic environments, and likes fighting on rainy days. He combines with his fellow Commandos to form the giant robot Ruination. Rollbar has a sarcastic sense of humour, which often shines through both amongst his team and when facing Autobots.

Voiced By Michael Lindsay United States and by Riki Kitazawa Japan

Ro-Tor Ro-Tor (Hepter) is responsible for reconnaissance. He is not particularly fast in helicopter mode, but he has a tight turning radius and fantastic manoeuvrability. In addition he's almost soundless in flight, which allows him to sneak up on hapless Autobots and attack them from above. Ro-Tor likes to practice acrobatic flying in his free time. Ro-Tor combines with his fellow Commandos to form the giant robot Ruination.

Voiced by Neil Kaplan United States and by Masao Harada Japan

Ruination The Commandos combine to form Ruination (Baldigus). A powerful foe, Ruination often followed Scourge's plans.

Voiced by Bob Papenbrook United States and by Holly Kaneko Japan

Humans[edit]

Character Description
Koji Onishi Son of Doctor Kenneth Onishi, Koji (Yūki Ōnishi) allied himself with the Autobots after his father was kidnapped by Megatron, offering them advice and knowledge about Earth. A bright child, Koji has learned a lot about archeology from his father, though he possesses no special powers, beyond a startling knack for being right where he needs to be, in the middle of coincidental Predacon attacks. When Dr. Onishi was freed from Megatron's clutches, it seemed Koji's role in the Transformer war was over, until he found himself able to control Fortress Maximus.

Voiced by Jason Spisak United States and by Akiko Kimura Japan

Doctor Kenneth Onishi Doctor Kenneth Onishi (Daichi Ōnishi) is Koji's dad. He's an archaeologist, who also happens to be the world's leading expert in the use of energy. Talk about diversification. He has a rarely seen or mentioned wife.

Voiced by Kirk Thornton United States and by Shōji Izumi Japan

T-AI T-AI, her name being an abbreviated form of "Tactical Artificial Intelligence", is the sentient computer program which runs the day-to-day operations of the Autobots' base, manning and directing the Global Spacebridge and activating Battle Protocols, selecting suitable members for the mission at hand.
Kelly This hapless young woman does not get involved in the Transformers' battles on purpose - she just always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. In addition to owning the disguised X-Brawn, she's also had her nerves frayed through Side Burn's constant pursuit of her red sports cars, and frequently goes off on vacations in an attempt to relax, only to have the Transformers wreck those, as well. Kelly (Junko) was in the tanker truck that was scanned by Scourge to form his alternate mode, and consequently, her human bio-signature was incorporated into Scourge's own. He was later able to use this bio-signature to control Fortress Maximus.

Voiced by Philece Sampler United States and by Chieko Higuchi Japan

Carl Koji's best friend, Carl (Kenta) briefly captured by the Decepticons in a case of mistaken identity, who tried to use him to control Fortress Maximus.

Voiced by Joshua Seth United States and by Mariko Nagahama Japan

Jenny Another of Koji's friends. Didn't believe that Carl could control Fortress Maximus, Jenny (Miki) is one of many that believed Sky-Byte was good after being "saved" by him.

Voiced by Colleen O'Shaughnessey United States and by Mami Fukai Japan

Dorie Dutton A female news reporter who frequently covers the Transformers' battles.

Voiced by Tifanie Christun United States and by Mariko Nagahama Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE Returns! Hasbro Launches Product Line Based on Original '80s Theme; Fox Kids Series to Debut September 8th. Business Wire September 5, 2001
  2. ^ In their R2 DVD bio!
  3. ^ Kevin Guhl (December 16, 2009). "The 30 Most Unfortunately Named Transformers".