List of Transformers supporting characters

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This list of Transformers supporting characters contains fictional human characters that ally with the Transformers (usually Autobots) in the various Transformers universes. Most are children or teenagers.

Transformers[edit]

Buster Witwicky[edit]

Buster Witwicky was the first Witwicky depicted in fiction, and filled a similar role in the early comics that Spike filled in the animated series. Buster is featured in the 1985 Find Your Fate Junior book called Battle Drive by Barbara Siegel and Scott Siegel.[1] Buster (called "Butch" in this story) appeared in the 1985 Forest Rescue Mission coloring book published by Marvel Books.[2]

In the "Shattered Glass" storyline, four Witwicky brothers, Spike, Buster, Butch and Bruce "Buzz" Witwicky, appeared evil mirror universe counterparts of the Witwickys. Spike was leader of the group, who allied themselves with Rodimus and the evil Autobots, guiding them on Earth and aiding them in taking temporary control of Burbleson Airforce base and the GODS satellite system.[3]

Butch Witwicky[edit]

Butch Witwicky is the name of Sparkplug Witwicky's son who appears in the 1985 Forest Rescue Mission coloring book published by Marvel Books.[4]

Spike Witwicky[edit]

Spike Witwicky is the main human protagonist who frequently in the Transformers brand. Spike and the rest of the Witwicky family members are the closest human allies of the Autobots. Their motto is "No sacrifice, no victory". They appeared in the original television and comic book series and later in the live action films. Contrary to popular belief, Witwicky is a real name, but a vanishingly rare one. The U.S. Social Security Death Index records the passing of only two people with that name in the United States in the last 50 years.[5] However, the alternate spelling Witwicki is a relatively more common one, occurring 33 times in the Social Security Death Index.[6] It is possible that the name originates from the Poland/Ukraine area of Eastern Europe, specifically the village of Witwica, and that the name itself means 'the one from Witwica'.[7]

Sparkplug Witwicky[edit]

Sparkplug Witwicky is the patriarch of the Witwicky family who was vastly unlike his two sons, in that he was portrayed in startlingly different ways across the two main fictions. The Transformers Classics Mirage toy sports an advertisement for Witwickey Sparkplugs, a reference to this character.

Sparkplug is Spike Witwicky's father. He is described as a widower in the show bible.[citation needed] In addition to being a highly skilled automotive mechanic and engineer, "Sparkplug" Witwicky (for whom no real name was offered in the cartoon) had, in his lifetime, also worked in the crystal mines of Burma, and was working on an oil rig with his son, Spike, in 1984 when a Decepticon attack brought the Transformers into his life. Rescued from drowning by Optimus Prime, Sparkplug became a friend and ally to the Autobots, mainly excited at the prospect of encountering and learning about strange new alien machines and technology he could work on.[citation needed]

Sparkplug appeared in the 1984 sticker and story book Return to Cybertron written by Suzanne Weyn and published by Marvel Books.[8] Sparkplug appeared in the 1984 sticker and story book The Revenge of the Decepticons written by Suzanne Weyn and published by Marvel Books.[9]

Sparkplug was featured in the 1985 Transformers audio books Autobots' Lightning Strike, Megatron's Fight For Power, Autobots Fight Back and Laserbeak's Fury, as well as Decepticon Hideout from the 1986 series. He is not named in any of the books, simply being referred to as "Spike's father".[10]

Sparkplug is the young Mini-Con partner of Optimus Prime. He bears a striking resemblance to Bumblebee from the G1 series. He transforms into a sports car and normally powerlinks with Optimus on his left shoulder. He is very open and outgoing, and quickly makes friends with Alexis, Carlos, and Rad. Sparkplug usually operates the mobile command base trailer when Prime is not using it in his Super Mode.[11] Sparkplug is among the characters appearing in the 2004 Transformers video game for the Playstation.[12]

Daniel Witwicky[edit]

Daniel Witwicky is the grandson of the first and a young member of the Witwicky family, most often portrayed as the son of Spike and Carly, but was once portrayed as the son of Spike's brother Buster. Daniel is voiced by David Mendenhall in the English version of the show and by Tomiko Suzuki in the Japanese version. Daniel was named the worst cartoon kid sidekick by Topless Robot.[13]

In the Japanese manga "Big War" #2 the Autobots Rodimus Prime, Grimlock, Kup and Wheelie, along with their human allies Spike Witwicky and Daniel Witwicky send Computron into battle against Galvatron's new warrior combiner Abominus. The Terrorcons spit "corrosive control liquid" against Computron, taking control of him and turning him into a Decepticon. Spike luckily uses his new Exosuit to free Computron with "defense spray". Defeated, Galvatron retreats.[14]

Circuit Breaker (Josie Beller)[edit]

Josie Beller invented a kind of bodysuit with imbedded circuits that allowed her to move her body after a spinal cord injury, disrupt the circuits of electronic devices and Transformers, and fly. During Marvel's Secret Wars II miniseries, the Beyonder encounters Circuit Breaker.[15] She introduces herself to him and would want to become a servant of his. But he didn't accept her offer. This appearance of Circuit Breaker was published so Marvel Comics could claim ownership to the character. She would later appear in the Transformers series in issue #6 (July 1985). Circuit Breaker predates the introduction of the Neo-Knights. Unlike the other three members, and Blackrock, she does not distinguish between Autobots and Decepticons but instead treats all robots as her enemies. G. B. Blackrock and the Neo-Knights were accidentally transported to Cybertron along with the Transformers when Primus sought to unite all his children against the dark god Unicron. Upon first contact with Unicron, Circuit Breaker fainted because of his sheer size and complexity, and Dynamo was unable to fight because Cybertron's nature was too unlike Earth. However, Rapture did manage to briefly convince Unicron that he had succeeded in destroying the universe. Issue #68, where the Neo-Knights first appeared, was the only issue in the entire series drawn by Dwayne Turner, whose dark-shaded drawing style was noticeably different from other artists in the comic.[16]

Chip Chase[edit]

Chip Chase is a human ally of the Autobots in the original Transformers fictional series.

Chip debuted in the fifth episode entitled "Roll For It". In the episode, Chip had been working with a scientist attempting to develop an anti-matter formula. Spike and Bumblebee accompany Chip to the lab where the professor gives Chip access to his computer. Unknown to them Reflector had been spying on them learning the access codes to the lab. The Decepticons had been plotting to steal the formula even before Megatron was accidentally sent through the space bridge in the previous episode. The Decepticons raid the lab and interrogate the professor. The professor claims to have erased the formula. However, Megatron discovers that the formula was e-mailed to Chip. Starscream, Thundercracker, Soundwave and Ravage are ordered to capture Chip and bring him back to the lab. Soundwave manages to extract the formula after scanning Chip's brain, before the Autobots rescue him. Back at Autobot HQ, the Autobots are preparing for a battle with an anti-matter powered Megatron. Wheeljack creates several weapons and asks for Spike and Chip's help to deploy them. Spike manages to distract Skywarp, who was wielding Megatron, while Chip plants a control device on him. Teletran 1 overrides Skywarp's circuits and causes Megatron's antimatter to go critical.[citation needed] Megatron releases the energon cubes which explode. Impressed by Chip's courage, the Autobots extend their gratitude.[17] Chip would become a valuable asset to the Autobots, being of a scientific mind complementing that of Wheeljack. He would often invent machines in an attempt to give the Autobots an advantage. He collaborated in the construction of Snarl and Swoop in "War of the Dinobots", cracked the lock on Wheeljack's lab, and was briefly able to bring Devastator under Autobot control. Chip was last seen in the Japanese-exclusive story "Scramble City" which was meant to bridge the gap between season 2 of the animated series and the 1986 movie. He was among those who helped build Autobot City. Chip was featured in a minor cameo in Transformers: The Game, the video game tie-in to the 2007 Transformers live-action film. One fast food restaurant chain in the game is called "Chip Chase's" and their logo features Chip.[citation needed]

Teletraan I[edit]

In the original series, Teletraan I, was the supercomputer that was stored upon the Autobots' spacecraft, the Ark. It served as a principal diagnostic center, a control center, and as a surveillance system through its control of the Sky Spy satellite, as well as a giant database for the Autobots.[18] Millions of years after crashing down to earth, Teletraan I reactivates after the volcano the Ark had crashed into has a minor eruption. The eruption also triggers one of Teletraan I's protocols, search and repair, which sends out the Sky Spy satellite to scan holographic images of Earth vehicles for the repair part of the protocol, integrating the new vehicle forms into the Transformers' systems as they are repaired. After the first Decepticon (Skywarp) is revived, he immediately restores Megatron, who then orders the rest of the Decepticons to follow. The Decepticons find their way out of the Ark, and Starscream blasts the volcano, causing a rock slide that reseals the exit, trapping the Autobots within. The blast causes Optimus Prime to fall into the line of Teletraan I's repair equipment, which results in his revival as a blue and red semi-trailer. After he is restored, he starts the revival of his companions, the other Autobot warriors.[citation needed]

Teletraan II[edit]

In 2005, the Ark (and Teletraan I in it) was destroyed by Trypticon. Teletraan II was Teletraan I's replacement in the third season of G1, installed in Autobot City and given some of its displays, it likely has Sky Spy technology. Teletraan II played back the battle between Metroplex and Trypticon several times over for Grimlock's amusement. When a request was made of Teletraan II to show the moment when Metroplex finished Trypticon "forever", the computer informed the Autobots that such was impossible, as that had never happened. Thus did the Autobots learn that Trypticon had not actually been destroyed, as they had previously believed to be the case. When the Autobots on Cybertron started glitching, they consulted Teletraan II to find out the cause. The computer informed them that the new power generator was sending strange force waves up to the planet surface, causing the malfunctions, and suggested that the generator should be repaired.[citation needed]

Aunty/Auntie[edit]

Note: Stories from the U.K. Transformers series are in italics.

The Ark's computer, Teletraan I, has a sentient program called Aunty. Aunty first appeared in issue #1 called "The Transformers". In this story, she reformats the Autobots however she wasn't fully reaweakened. In the U.K. Marvel story "Raiders of the last Ark", Aunty reawoke and made her single most major role in the series. In this story, she defeats the Decepticons attacking the Ark. Aunty is not explicitly mentioned by name after this, but the Ark and its systems had many more appearances.[citation needed]

Teletran 3[edit]

The third G.I. Joe vs The Transformers crossover would introduce Teletran 3, a supercomputer that forms the hub of Cybertron's transport network. It is capable of opening precision wormholes to physically connect two points, or smaller 'pinpoint' wormholes through which data can flow. Teletran 3 performs routine functions autonomously but requires operator assistance to deal with new tasks. Teletran 3 is capable of opening wormholes beyond Cybertron planetary space (such as on Earth), but it requires a wormhole generator on the far end to hold the gate open. During transport, Teletran 3 can filter a Transformer through a "camouflage protocol", reconfiguring their alt mode to match the destination. It is also capable of transporting objects through time, though this ability came as a surprise to all concerned, including Teletran 3. This method of time-travel is impractical for regular use because it has a significant chance of causing an apocalypse. Teletran 3 is sentient, possessing sufficient self-awareness to be embarrassed by the whole "apocalypse" thing, but it also appears indifferent to the Autobot/Decepticon conflict, serving whoever asks.[citation needed]

Transformers: Robots in Disguise[edit]

Koji Onishi[edit]

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.[citation needed]

T-AI/Ai-Chan[edit]

T-AI, (voiced by Sandy Fox in the English version and by Chieko Higuchi in the Japanese version), her name being an abbreviated form of "Tactical Artificial Intelligence" (originally, the "T" was to stand for "Teletraan" in a callback to Generation 1), 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. She is reportedly the "daughter" of the Teletraan I computer system of the RiD universe. What exactly this means is unknown. She keeps tabs on events across Earth, coordinates Autobot forces across the globe, maintains the elaborate Space Bridge network, and generally keeps things running smoothly at the base (or as smoothly as possible considering the variety of odd personalities that make up the Autobot ranks). To interact with other beings, T-AI manifests herself as a holographic avatar resembling a young human girl in a maroon uniform, similar to that of a Japanese policewoman, which seems have caught the eye of Koji (who, in the Japanese version, is the only character to affectionately refer to her as "Ai-Chan"). She is an incredibly advanced computer that displays distinct emotions, self-awareness, a sense of humor, and - perhaps most notably - the ability to lose her patience. She is quick to verbally berate any Autobot found shirking their duties - usually Side Burn.[citation needed]

T-AI's first major action on Earth was to initiate Battle Protocol and send the Autobot Brothers to New York City. A short time later, Optimus Prime brought Koji Onishi to visit the base—Koji's father had been kidnapped by Megatron. On being introduced to T-AI, Koji attempted to shake hands with her and fell through the holographic projection. The boy stuck around with T-AI to monitor the currently-developing situation—the Predacons were trying to steal an explosive device from a car. T-AI would continue to monitor odd goings-on, such as a series of suspicious train wrecks which turned out to have been caused by the Predacons. The only Autobot she tended to have problems with was Side Burn, a notorious slacker who would often be out chasing red sports cars rather than go to the assignments given to him. On one occasion Side Burn turned out to be actually doing something useful—exploring some ruins with Koji. As a result of this adventure, a computer microchip owned by Doctor Onishi was discovered, and T-AI set about extracting information from it.[citation needed]

Puzzled by the Predacons' interest in statues, T-AI dispatched the Autobot Brothers to the Cave of the Dragon, which Koji had a hunch was involved. There Side Burn encountered a giant moving statue, which T-AI was able to reveal was a special effect created by a film crew working there. As it turned out the cave had another secret, the first of seven Cybertronian artifacts called O-Parts. Shortly after the discovery, T-AI called all of the Autobots back to base to review footage of their past missions and attempt to work out where the Predacon base was hidden. T-AI was able to unlock more information from Dr Onishi's microchip, pointing the Autobots to Castle Peak, where they discovered the wreck of an Autobot spacecraft. After Megatron stole the six protoforms from inside it, T-AI was able to track him to McKinley Army Base and alert Optimus, though ultimately Megatron was able to reformat the protoforms into Decepticons. After the destruction of a dam by the Decepticons, T-AI sent the Autobot Brothers to patrol Sherman Dam and soon lost contact with them. Once Optimus arrived at the dam, T-AI alerted him to the fact that the Decepticons had mined it with pulsar bombs. Fortunately disaster was averted once again with the help of Team Bullet Train.[citation needed]

When the Predacons attacked the new CGA Tower and took the people inside hostage, Sky-Byte demanded something from Optimus. Something he wasn't terribly clear on. T-AI suggested Sky-Byte might mean the O-Parts, which probably wasn't the most clever thing considering he didn't seem to know about them. T-AI intercepted a transmission indicating that Sky-Byte was searching for O-Parts. She and Optimus suspected it was a trap, so they sent the Autobot Brothers in. With Optimus under attack from Decepticons on an island, T-AI monitored the situation with Koji, and was amazed when Optimus merged with the newly arrived Autobot Ultra Magnus into Omega Prime. She reported reading a massive amount of energy. T-AI was able to extract more information from Doctor Onishi's microchip, pointing to a dig which the doctor was working on before he was kidnapped. The Build Team were dispatched, and when the Decepticons were sighted in the area, T-AI sent the Spy Changers, Autobot Brothers and Team Bullet Train for protection. She reassured Koji that his father must still be alive as the Predacons were still extracting information from him. She was proved right a few hours later when Sky-Byte inadvertently set Doctor Onishi free.[citation needed]

With the release of Doctor Onishi, T-AI worked with him to create a detector to locate the rest of the O-Parts. The Autobot Brothers and Build Team managed to locate and retrieve the five remaining O-Parts and, back at base, T-AI wondered whether finding them was a blessing or a curse. T-AI was able to detect a data stream coming from the activated O-Parts and, despite Optimus' concerns, merged with them to get more information. Although she was able to find out the location of the Orb of Sigma, she became trapped in the globe created by the O-Parts. Optimus and the brothers took the O-Parts globe to the Sahara Desert where, in a pyramid beneath the desert sands, they found the Orb of Sigma. The O-Parts globe merged with it, cutting off their communication with T-AI completely. The Autobots managed to keep the Orb away from the Decepticons and return it to Autobot base, where T-AI was successfully extracted. She reported that she had gained from the Orb the knowledge of where to find Cerebros, the key to Fortress Maximus. Finally the Decepticons located the Autobot base and began to attack. T-AI alerted all of the Autobots to go to designated co-ordinates so that Optimus could lead the Decepticons into a trap. She monitored the battle from base, contacting Omega Prime when Galvatron used his cyber-bats to seize control of the Earth's children. She activated the Global Space Bridge so the Autobots could retreat, but was too late to warn them when Galvatron ruptured the tunnel wall to flood it with molten rock. At Omega Prime's command, she opened space bridge portals to the Earth's core and sealed them after he had led Galvatron through for a last confrontation. Fortunately Koji was able to mobilise Earth's children via the Internet and send a massive amount of power to Prime, enabling him to win the fight, though T-AI told him that Prime was still trapped. Fortunately the energy from Galvatron's defeat had reopened the Global Space Bridge, allowing Omega Prime to escape the Earth's core. The character also put in a brief appearance in one comic book story in the Dreamwave Summer Special, but no more stories were published. The RiD lost a contest Dreamwave between itself and Beast Wars to gain a mini-series. Before either storyline could get the series Dreamwave went out of business.[citation needed]

In Binaltech, Ai Kuruma has had a strong sense of justice since she was a child, and now has aspirations of being a highly decorated policewoman. She's fairly sharp, knows her laws, and is a very good driver (if a little wild), able to keep pursuit of getaway cars even in a normal police cruiser. However, her natural over-eager (albeit good-natured and helpful) nature seems to get in the way of her duties from time to time. She's a decent athlete and dedicated to helping others. Ai and Red Alert were in pursuit of a speeding criminal. Ai's forceful driving brought a few complaints from Red, but she managed to corner the car. As she stepped out to apprehend the suspect, a shot rang out, and Red Alert quickly transformed, blocking the shot... After shooing the kitty Chear off Red Alert's hood, Ai received a call about a little boy who'd gotten lost on his way to the market. Ai (dreaming of a commendation for finding the boy) followed the sound of crying, only to find it was Chear again, up in a tree. She climbed up the tree to rescue it, but fell from the high branches... but Red Alert caught her and the cat in time. The original Red Alert (called Alert in Japan) character returns for Binaltech Asterisk as a recolor of Silverstreak. His Binaltech appearance is actually one of the first Binaltech Asterisk toys - these being produced with a female driver. Alert comes with Ai - recognisable from her appearance in the Japanese TV series Car Robots (Robots in Disguise in America). As with several other Binaltech (and Asterisk) figures, there is no Alternators version of Red Alert.[citation needed]

Unicron Trilogy[edit]

Rad[edit]

In Transformers: Armada, Bradley "Rad" White and Carlos Lopez were the two best friends who reactivated the Mini-Con ship while exploring the caves outside their city. Soon joined by their friend Alexis (Alexa), they befriended the Street Action Team Mini-Cons as Megatron and Optimus Prime's forces arrived on Earth. This led to their alliance with Optimus and the Autobots, as they frequently helped them on missions, teaching them the ways of Earth. Unfortunately, they were unable to keep their friendship with the Autobots a secret from the local bullies, Billy and Fred (Jim), but the two boys quickly softened and became friends with the trio, as they too became Autobot allies. An encounter with Sideways in cyberspace gave the kids their first glimpse of Unicron, and when Starscream joined the Autobots, they all became friends with him, even though Starscream himself could scarcely believe it. Alexis in particular became enamored of the former Decepticon, even crafting a portion of a rock he brought them back from Mars into a pendant. After some protests that were quelled by Perceptor, all five kids accompanied the Autobots to Cybertron when the Decepticons fled Earth with the Mini-Con weapons, and once on the planet, they were sent drifting through time and discovered that they had always played a role in the development of the Mini-Cons, and that their coming to Earth had been predestined. Starscream's subsequent death upset Alexis severely, and when the children were absorbed by Unicron, Rad was able to use his connection to High Wire through Unicron's communal mind to free the Mini-Cons from his thrall. They also had cameos in a few episodes of the sequel series Transformers: Energon. And at the end of Transformers: Cybertron, the sequel to Energon, they were seen watching the Autobots leave to establish a new Space Bridge. This scene in Cybertron was not seen in Japan, as Cybertron was not part of the same Continuity as Energon and Armada at the time of Galaxy Force's (Cybertron's Japanese counterpart) original airing, but it has been recently retconned into the same universe in the Japanese time line as well.[citation needed]

Kicker[edit]

In Transformers: Energon, the son of Doctor Brian and Miranda Jones, Chad "Kicker" Jones was taken to Cybertron by his father when he was still a young child in the early days of the alliance between Earth and the Transformers. Terrified of the robots, Kicker fled, but wound up stumbling into the chamber of Primus, the sentient energy core of Cybertron, who bestowed upon him the ability to sense Energon. Kicker was subsequently used - a little too offhandedly - by Doctor Jones to locate Energon deposits, leading the boy to bear a grudge against his father, and against the Transformers. When the Terrorcon attacks on Earth began, Kicker insisted that he be allowed to fight alongside the Autobots, and was given a battlesuit to protect him by his father. Unsure of what to do with the boy, Optimus Prime partnered him with Ironhide - something that neither of the two was happy about at first, but eventually, they became close friends. Throughout the series he overcame his fear with the Autobots and becomes a great friend with them. Kicker also developed a close bond with Alpha Q when he met the alien, Alpha Q helps him to open his eyes, stop being so stubborn and listen to his father and brokered the truce between him and the Autobots - when Alpha Q recreated the worlds destroyed by Unicron, he fashioned a world of grass and plains, based on an image of Kicker's childhood taken from his memory. Also, a mutual attraction exists between Kicker and Misha. Voiced by Masumi Asano (young), Daisuke Kishio and Brad Swaile.[citation needed]

Coby Hansen[edit]

In Transformers: Cybertron, Coby Hansen (voiced by Samuel Vincent in English and by Yukiko Tamaki in Japanese) is the primary human character in Cybertron. The character has been used in the television series, comic book series, and collection of children's toys manufactured by Takara Tomy in conjunction with Hasbro. In the series, he is a mechanically-inclined 14-year-old who is often called on by the Transformers to do repairs.[19] He lives in Colorado with his younger brother, Bud,[19] and older brother, Tim and enjoys dirtbike racing and has worked at a mechanic's shop. Coby and Bud, along with their friend, Lori (the only major female human of the series),[19] befriended the Autobots after finding and aiding the damaged Landmine.[20] He develops a friendship with Landmine, and aids Hot Shot on Velocitron. Later in the show, he actually refits a destroyed Scrapmetal as his own personal vehicle called the Cobybot ("Cobyrumble" in Galaxy Force), earning himself an Autobot Commission and an active role in the battles after he used it to save Bud, who was trapped among the Decepticons.[21] He is very protective of his little brother Bud, and develops a romantic relationship with Lori, the two eventually getting married in Cybertron's epilogue.[citation needed]

Transformers Animated[edit]

Sari Sumdac[edit]

Sari Sumdac
Autobot
Information
Sub-group Female Transformers, Substitute Autobots
Alternate modes Human/Cybertronian hybrid
Techno-organic being
Series Transformers Animated
English voice actor Tara Strong[22]
Japanese voice actor Satomi Akesaka

The eight-year-old daughter of Dr. Isaac Sumdac, Sari lived a sheltered life until she befriends the Autobots after they saved her upon their reawakening.[23] She is the primary source of information regarding Earth and its cultures and customs. The security key card she carries is a key shaped shard of the allspark and becomes a curative spark key after her encounter with the AllSpark, allowing her to heal Transformers. Her key can also detect Cybertronians. She is an intelligent girl, with a mischievous streak, but she also has a kind heart. She cares about her father, who works really hard. Though like most eight-year-olds, she has a fit when things do not go her way, and freaked out at the first sight of Autobots.[24]

In an extended opening sequence, Sari is shown driving a bike which she uses her key to transform into a flight pack; however it does not make an appearance in the series. In the two-part episode "Human Error, Part 1" a similar jetpack turns out to be a Christmas present from her father, which allows her to fly through the air at high supersonic speeds. At first Sari's only real ability was her "AllSpark-enhanced Key" which she could use to power-up, repair, modify or upgrade various electronic devices and machines. Sari's Key was extremely useful in repairing injured Autobots (as well as being able to detect AllSpark fragments). However, her reckless and headstrong personality resulted in her using her Key irresponsibly causing all sorts of mishaps.[25] Besides her Key, Sari has shown she is both sly and crafty, allowing her to outsmart both human criminals and even Decepticons. Due to her being the daughter of Professor Sumdac she is in a position to help the Autobots with occasional aid from her father and his company (the Autobots' base is one of her father's abandoned factories).[citation needed]

She also has received some Cybertronian martial arts training from Prowl (in order to better protect herself). She even manages to outsmart and defeat the Constructicons, when they stumbled onto the Autobot's factory home. After her true nature as a half-human, half-Cybertronian hybrid is first revealed, some of her newfound techno-organic abilities and powers finally awaken. The first is when she angrily "evicts" Porter C. Powell and Henry Masterson from Sumdac Tower, transforming into a semi-robotic state and unleashing an energy shockwave that hurls them into an awaiting elevator. The second time is when she, Professor Sumdac, and Optimus Prime are attacked by the Headmaster (using Starscream's abandoned body); Sari discovers she can channel small white spheres of pure energy into the palms of her hands, allowing her to fire tiny white marble-sized energy spheres. These energy spheres are not very powerful, but can still cause minor damage.[citation needed]

Despite her newfound Cybertronian abilities, the Autobots still feared for her safety and wanted her to remain on the sidelines, mainly due to her inexperience with her new techno-organic abilities. Sari then uses her AllSpark-powered Key to upgrade and modify herself so she could finally fight alongside the Autobots. This causes her to transform and upgrade into a teenage robotic-armored form, also appearing to upgrade her physical appearance, giving her a slightly more teenage body possibly the appearance and exact height of a sixteen-year old girl. In this new form, she gains several new-and much stronger and more powerful Cybertronian energy-based abilities, weapons and equipment - including energy-based roller-blades, tonfa-like energy blades and an energy-based sledgehammer, similar to Optimus' battle ax. Her new form also greatly strengthens and increases her natural abilities to superhuman levels, allowing her to make full use and proficiency of Prowl's Cybertronian martial arts training. In this robotic armored/cybernetic form, she is shown to be extremely fast, speedy, agile, nimble, durable, and strong.[citation needed]

However, due to her inexperience and an overload caused by the energy from her AllSpark-powered Key, she temporarily loses control of her body. During her rampage, she demonstrates much stronger and more powerful energy-based abilities, like firing white energy beams from her tonfa-blades and unleashing massive shockwaves of pure white glowing energy that are quite destructive. Eventually, her body absorbs all of the AllSpark-infused energy from her Key, rendering it completely useless and powerless. Sari's body was unable to contain this energy, forcing her to channel it into anything she touches, causing that object to explode. The Key's energy nearly kills her. However, the Autobots manage to stop her in time. Afterward, it is shown that the physical upgrade appears to be permanent and she now has the physical height and appearance of a sixteen-year old teenage girl.[citation needed]

At this point in time, Sari shows far greater control over her techno-organic form and her white-colored energy orbs are now much, much larger-being the size of beach balls- and can now cause much more substantial damage and destruction. She is also immune to Soundwave's mind-control waves, due to her unique techno-organic nature. As of the end of the third season, most of her weapons appear to be unused or inaccessible other than her energy orbs. However she does acquire a new technology-based ability-Technopathy, the ability to scan any electronic machine and determine what is wrong with them and how to fix the problem in seconds through physical contact with it. Sari is unusual among Transformers as her alternate form is an organic human (unlike the Decepticon Pretender Alice, who scanned a human-looking automation).

The truth of Sari's origin was revealed in the third season three-part premiere, "Transwarped". Professor Sumdac revealed that one day he discovered a small "being of liquid metal". Sumdac touched it and passed out. When he awoke, he found Sari "just there" and adopted her as his daughter. In the episode "Transform and Roll Out", Sari meets the Autobots when they save her from a giant bug monster accidentally created by her father's company. When she finds the Allspark, her former key is transformed into one which will cure the Autobots. In effect, Sari is also chosen to keep the key.[citation needed]

During the two-part first season finale "Megatron Rising", Optimus Prime deems that it is too dangerous for Sari to possess the Key anymore, and gives it to Ratchet. Ratchet is then attacked by Blitzwing and Lugnut, who steal the key and use it to revive Megatron. Sari meanwhile is captured by Blackarachnia, who also wants the key. Ratchet saves Sari from Blackarachnia's clutches. When Megatron boards the Autobot's ship and absorbs the Allspark, Sari, who manages to regain the key, convinces Optimus to use it on Megatron. The Allspark energy is dispersed, leaving the key as the strongest and most powerful Cybertronian artifact on Earth, and far to valuable for any Autobot to possess and put it back into custody of Sari.

At the end of the episode "The Elite Guard", when Porter C. Powell takes over Sumdac Industries following Prof. Isaac Sumdac's abduction by Megatron, it is revealed that there is no record of Sari existing – no will, no birth certificate, no adoption papers, social security number or any kind of record, whatsoever. She is cast out of Sumdac tower and is forced to move in with the Autobots. During the episode "Return Of The Headmaster", Bumblebee and Bulkhead try to figure out why Sari has no documentation of being Professor Sumdac's daughter. Bumblebee suggests Sari is an alien while Bulkhead suspects Sari is a robot created by Sumdac. This leads to wondering who is Sari's mother. In a cliffhanger at the end of the second part of season two finale, "A Bridge Too Close", Sari's arm is injured, with the most of the skin peeled back on her elbow, revealing what appears to be damaged, crackling circuitry.[citation needed]

In the three-part episode "Transwarped", Sari is at first angry at her father for not telling her the truth about her unique origin, but forgives him after he tried to protect her from the Headmaster, who has linked to Starscream's body. After the Headmaster is defeated, Prowl reveals that Prof. Sumdac came into contact with a "liquid metal body", which was a Protoform (the base of all technological life on Cybertron). He then explains that when Prof. Sumdac touched the Protoform, his DNA merged with it, resulting in the birth of Sari, a techno-organic (part-human, part-Cybertronian) being. Sari quickly comes to accept her robotic abilities and powers, but the Autobots suggest she take time to learn what she is truly capable of.[citation needed]

When the Autobots leave Sari behind to go and save Bumblebee (who had been swallowed by a rock-like alien), she decides to use her Key to upgrade herself. The Key transforms her into a robotic-teenage form with light blue eyes. After saving Bumblebee, however, the key overloads Sari's systems, causing her to go out of control. She loses control of her body, unleashing incredibly strong and powerful energy waves and causing anything she touches to explode. The Autobots try to stop her without hurting her, but she accidentally stabs Bumblebee, critically wounding him. The other Autobots finally manage to remove Sari's key, but discovers that its AllSpark-infused energy had been drained into her. Out of options, Ratchet is forced to use his EMP-Generator on Sari, who pleads with him to stop her no matter what. After he finally manages to stabilize her, she wakes up and apologizes for her recklessness. Her father apologizes for not trusting her to handle the truth.[citation needed]

At the beginning of the episode "Human Error, Part One", Sari is shown to have fully recovered from the EMP blast. She now sports the appearance of a "Techno-organic Teenager" (a permanent result of her recent upgrade), and spent Christmas Eve with her Autobot friends. That morning, her father gives her a Soundwave toy (Powell stole the toy's original design from Sumdac before he was fired in "Transwarped" and marketed them as the must have toy for the holiday season, inadvertently supplying Soundwave with an army of miniature versions of himself) and a scooter which turns into a jet pack (which he likely developed). When she goes to the Autobots to show them her new jetpack, she finds the base empty. She traces their energy signatures to a hidden basement which she was unaware of. Upon further investigation, she finds Soundwave holding the Autobots captive and attempting to reprogram them into Decepticons. After Soundwave is wounded by Sari's beach ball-sized energy orbs, he uses Laserbeak to force her into a retreat, but she swears that she will return to free the Autobots.[citation needed]

In "Human Error, Part Two", realizing that she is no match for Soundwave on her own, Sari heads to Dinobot Island to recruit the help of the Dinobots. Grimlock and Swoop refuse to assist, though Sari does find Scrapper, who has taken Snarl as a pet. She also reluctantly takes up Wreck-Gar's offer for help. Her ragtag team, now dubbed as the "Substitute Autobots", engage in battle with Optimus and the other Autobots, now under Soundwave's control. Due to some quick thinking on Sari's part, and Prowl's "processor-over-matter" capability, the Autobots are freed and Soundwave is defeated, though he escapes capture.[citation needed]

At the beginning of the episode "Decepticon Air", Sari ends the argument between her father and Bulkhead, by re-calibrating the Space Bridge they had been working on. Apparently, due to her upgraded form, she is now able to interface and repair any kind of machinery, without the use of her Allspark Key. She also aids in building Prime's rocket pack in "Endgame, Part 1". In "Endgame, Part 2", Sari accompanies Ratchet, Bumblebee and Bulkhead to the moon in order to rescue Arcee and reactivate Omega Supreme. Her newfound technopathic ability to interface with machinery proves instrumental in restoring Arcee's memories and personality. After the final battle with Megatron and the Omega Supreme clones, Sari accompanies the Autobots to Cybertron, to give the fallen Prowl a proper burial, and to learn of her unique origins. Had the series not been cancelled and continued for a fourth season, she would have remained on Cybertron with the others for some time to learn more about the planet and her nature as a half human, half Autobot.[citation needed]

Sari appeared in the 2008 BotCon voice actor play Bee in the City, voiced by Tara Strong. In this story, Prof. Sumdac attempts to create a teleportation system to send the Autobots to Cybertron, but an interaction with Sari's key ends up transporting Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Sari to Transtech Cybertron, where they meet Flareup and are detained by Shockwave. Bumblebee teams up with Beast Wars Megatron to free his comrades, but then must stop the Predacon leader from taking the key for himself. Afterward, the Autobots and Sari return to their own dimension.[26]

A Shattered Glass Sari was first revealed in two posts on Derrick J. Wyatt's blog,[27][28] and first officially shown in a special illustration Wyatt created for inclusion in Transformers Generations 2011 Vol. 1. When Isaac Sumdac discovered and touched her protoform in his lab, she absorbed his DNA and attacked him, tearing out his eye. Her violent nature impressed him, and from then on, he raised her in a cage, subjecting her to constant painful experiments and upgrades. After testing the results of AllSpark fragment implantation, her true power was revealed. Now armed with a battle mode, she serves as a slave alongside the Autobots. While she enjoys the destruction and power, she's more of a prankster than truly evil. She hates her "creator" with every fiber of her being, and dreams of the day when she will be free to finish what she started all those years ago.[29]

Witwicky family[edit]

In the Transformers Animated episode "Garbage In, Garbage Out", a man who looked very much like Spike was trying to get a blond-haired girl to the hospital as she was in labor. The woman referred to him as "Spike". At BotCon 2008, it was confirmed that this was indeed intended to be Spike and Carlee (with Corey Burton reprising his role as Spike, specifically the adult post-movie Spike), and since Daniel had already been seen in the series too, Carlee was in labor with her second child. In "Transform and Roll Out", a segment about the wonders of modern society and the impact that robots have had upon it, Spike was seen with his wife and son purchasing some sort of bunless wiener of dubious origin from a robot vendor cart. In "Garbage In, Garbage Out", Spike flagged down a passing ambulance because his wife was about to give birth. After being drawn into a chase scene, armed robbery, and giant robot fight, he opted to take a taxi instead. Daniel is the son of Carly and Spike Witwicky. Since his parents work for Professor Sumdac, he is forced into being friends with his daughter, Sari, as seen in "Sound and Fury". Daniel, Carly and Spike were also seen in both parts of "Human Error", computer simulations of them riding a bus in the first part while their proper selves appeared in the second. Daniel would later appear in an animated short where he asked Optimus Prime where his trailer goes when he transforms into robot mode, a question in which even Optimus himself cannot figure out the answer.

Shattered Glass[edit]

In this universe, the Autobots are evil and the Decepticons are good, so the Decepticons are the ones depicted having human allies, howecer the Autobots would still have evil human allies introduced in later stories.[citation needed]

Witwicky family[edit]

In the "Shattered Glass" storyline, four Witwicky brothers, Spike, Buster, Butch and Bruce "Buzz" Witwicky, appeared evil mirror universe counterparts of the Witwickys. Spike was leader of the group, who allied themselves with Rodimus and the evil Autobots, guiding them on Earth and aiding them in taking temporary control of Burbleson Airforce base and the GODS satellite system.[3] In Transhuman, Butch brought the Autobot Tailgate with him to school to terrorize the students, only to be stopped by the Emulator.[citation needed]

Teletraan-X[edit]

In the "Shattered Glass" storyline, Teletraan X is the Ark's computer. Teletraan X has a female persona, like her Animated counterpart. She is portrayed as being cold voiced and hates Goldbug. Even though she is appears in the story, she is not given a visual, but was named in her appearances. In Eye in the Sky, Teletraan X held Goldbug captive when he lost the battle for leadership of the Autobots against Rodimus. When Goldbug accepted him as his new leader, Teletraan released Goldbug, but still didn't trust him. Rodimus had Wheeljack reprogram Teletraan to only answer to them two. In Blitzwing Bop, Goldbug passes by Teletraan's main console. Goldbug is scared at it as it was beeping at him.

Aligned Continuity[edit]

In Transformers: Prime, three young humans, Jack Darby, Miko Nakadai, and Rafael Esquivel, are accidentally caught in the crossfire in a fight between enormous robots that transform into vehicles. They are taken to the base of the heroic Autobots where their leader Optimus Prime explains that he and his team (consisting of Arcee, Bumblebee, Bulkhead and Ratchet) are from the planet Cybertron. As it turns out, the Autobots had a devastating war against the ruthless Megatron and his Decepticons (consisting of Starscream, Soundwave and the Vehicons) long ago on Cybertron. While this is going on, Megatron returns from a three-year-long exile in deep space, bringing with him Dark Energon, a substance able to revive the dead Cybertronians as Terrorcons and he sets out to raise an army of the undead and conquer Earth. In the conclusion to Darkness Rising, Megatron is seen in front of the Space Bridge waiting for his army of the undead to come through it; however, the Space Bridge explodes, and Megatron is seen no more. During this mini-series, Arcee's partner, Cliffjumper is killed in the first episode, setting the tone for the series.[citation needed]

Jack Darby[edit]

Jack Darby is a 16-year-old high school student. He is brought into the Autobot-Decepticon conflict after accidentally getting caught in a fight between Arcee and two Vehicons. After initially being reluctant to get involved with the Transformers, Jack comes to accept them as friends and allies as he forms a close bond with his Autobot guardian Arcee. He is voiced by Josh Keaton.[30]

Miko Nakadai[edit]

Miko Nakadai is a 15-year-old foreign exchange student from Tokyo, Japan. She is loud and reckless, often following the Autobots into dangerous situations and showing little to no regard for her own safety. She has a strong friendship with her Autobot guardian Bulkhead who acts as a parental figure towards her. She is voiced by Tania Gunadi.[30]

Raf Esquivel[edit]

Rafael "Raf" Esquivel is a highly intelligent yet shy 12-year-old boy who has an extensive knowledge of computers and machinery. He comes from a large family who often ignore him, so he spends a lot of time with his Autobot guardian Bumblebee, being the only human character in the series to understand Bumblebee's speech impediment. He is voiced by Andy Pessoa.[30]

William Fowler[edit]

Special Agent William Fowler (voiced by Ernie Hudson) is introduced early in the series as a liaison between the Autobots and the government of the United States. A former Army Ranger, Fowler primarily makes sure the Autobots maintain their disguises, but has often called on their assistance in delicate matters such as transporting valuable equipment, and in turn has assisted the Autobots in the field, piloting a jet fighter or helicopter into battle.[citation needed]

Charlie Burns[edit]

Chief Charlie Burns (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) - Griffin Rock's chief of police and leader of its Rescue Team. He is also the father of Cody, Kade, Dani, and Graham. He gets along well with his partner Chase and is a very levelheaded man.[citation needed]

Cody Burns[edit]

Cody Burns (voiced by Élan Garfias as a kid, Oliver Vaquer as an adult) - The youngest member of the Burns family. Despite his age, he acts as the team's communications officer. He also acts to help the bots become accustomed to life on Earth and guide them. He acts as a mediator between them and his older siblings. Occasionally, he helps out in the field (such as riding in Blades with Dani). In the episode "Bumblebee to the Rescue," he meets Bumblebee and like the rest of his family is unable to understand the Autobot's speech. However, over the course of the episode, Cody learns how to understand him, making him the only human character able to do so (much like Rafael Esquivel does in Transformers: Prime).

Kade Burns[edit]

Kade Burns (voiced by Jason Marsden) - Cody's older brother who works as a firefighter. He is somewhat of a glory-hog and isn't too keen on working with Heatwave at first, though they eventually come to respect each other (though neither would admit it).

Dani Burns[edit]

Dani Burns (voiced by Lacey Chabert) - Cody's older sister who works as a rescue helicopter pilot. Unlike her partner Blades, Dani loves flying and has trouble getting along with Blades due to his fear of heights, but eventually learns how to work with him.

Graham Burns[edit]

Graham Burns (voiced by Shannon McKain) - Cody's older brother who works as a construction engineer. At first he has trouble working Boulder due in part to his own misconceptions. Though he is fascinated by Boulder and wishes to learn about Cybertron, he mistakenly believes that because Boulder is from an advanced alien civilization, there is little he (someone from a more primitive civilization like Earth's) could possibly teach him.

Doc Greene[edit]

Doc Greene (voiced by LeVar Burton) - Griffin Rock's inventor, scientist, and father of Francine Greene. Though many of his inventions he creates are meant to be helpful or with good intention, they have a tendency to go haywire or cause trouble in Griffin Rock, which the Rescue Bots and the Burns Family are forced to deal with. As a result, Doc Greene often finds himself being rescued from various mishaps caused by his inventions. His inventions include a solar-powered car, Floatium (a substitute for helium) and a high-powered communications dish. At the end of the Season One, Doc Greene learns the truth about the Rescue Bots.[citation needed]

Frankie Greene[edit]

Francine "Frankie" Elma Greene (voiced by Diamond White) - Doc Greene's daughter and a friend of Cody's. She is somewhat suspicious of the Rescue Bots. In "Countdown," it is revealed that Francine is afraid of the dark. In "The Haunting of Griffin Rock," it is revealed that Francine's middle name is Elma named after Griffin Rock's first scientist Elma Hendrickson. Near the end of Season One, Frankie learns the truth about the Rescue Bots after she was saved by Heatwave.[citation needed]

Mayor Lusky[edit]

Mayor Lusky (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - The Mayor of Griffin Rock who wears a toupee.

Huxley Prescoott[edit]

Huxley Prescott (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - Griffin Rock local TV reporter. He doesn't believe the Rescue-Bots are simply robots. Though he correctly believes they are aliens in disguise, he mistakenly believes they are alien spies sent to Griffin Rock as part of a mission to takeover the Earth (unaware of their peaceful intentions). In "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock," he creates mass panic on the island when he broadcasts a message that he believes proves he is right (unaware the message was from a documentary the Rescue Bots and Cody were watching via satellite).[citation needed]

Professor Anna Baranova[edit]

Professor Anna Baranova (voiced by Kath Soucie) - A scientist who lives on Griffin Rock and is a colleague of Doc Greene. She had resided in the underwater laboratory called Midgard which had since been trapped near an ocean trench following a methane explosion. Although Anna was reluctant to leave Midgard, Cody convinced her to leave Midgard as she blows it up. Afterwards, Anna moves back to Griffin Rock. In "Countdown," it is revealed that she had a part in "Project Sanctuary" where the insect-like Tracers would place the humans in the largest underground cavern of Griffin Rock in the event of a cataclysm that hits Griffin Rock.[citation needed]

Madeline Pynch[edit]

Madeline Pynch (voiced by Stacy Darrow) - Madeline Pynch is a rich woman who is the mother of Priscilla Pynch, works at an as-yet-unnamed country, and is good friends with Mayor Luskey. In "Spellbound," she planted golden cellphones around town which mesmerized people to help in her company's plot to get to the gold that is underneath Blossom Vale. Her plan to mine the vale went into operation and managed to reap some reward before the cell tower was brought down, breaking the hypnotic hold over the town's residents. When Priscilla later told her mother that she found a cellphone under the seat of the limo that they are in, her mother said it was a model that was being recalled while reflecting that the cellphones put out would have to be much stronger.

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