Sunday, 15 June 2014

Complete List of Decepticon Characters in the Transformers film series

The purpose of this article is to provide further understanding about the Decepticons in the Transformers film series, to prepare for the upcoming sequel, Age of Extinction. Readers should have a clear understanding about the characters after reading this article.

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Note: The following article is written based on information provided in the films, online transformers fan sites such as wikia, tfwiki, tfw2005, The pictures are taken from google, the previously mentioned online sites and the films as well (for the transformers designs).

The characters will be explained according to the order they appear in films. This article will be edited from time to time for any updates (mostly for Age of extinction characters).

By the end of Dark of the Moon, all upper rank Decepticons are eliminated and there’s only a few surviving Decepticons from the protoform army remained on Earth, without any leader to assume command.
It is shown that all Decepticons identify themselves with an insignia based on the face of The Fallen, the first Decepticon and the true founder and leader of the Decepticons.


Alt form:
  • Cybertronian jet (TF)
  • Cybertronian flying tank (ROTF)
  • armored rusty Mack Titan 10-wheeler fuel tank truck (DOTM)
The ruthless current leader of the Decepticons, the master of warfare and a disciple of The Fallen. He was once brothers-in-arms with Optimus and a student of Sentinel Prime. But Megatron envied and resented Optimus when he knows that he’s a Prime. He’s willing to risk everything just to achieve his goals. This feeling of resentment and envy allows the Fallen to corrupt him to become his disciple. The explanation for not using his gun form from the source material is that director Michael Bay does not want to include any sort of size changing in the transformations for realistic purposes.

Megatron crash-landed in the Arctic years ago in his search for the Allspark and was frozen solid for thousands of years until the humans found him. In the years that followed, many modern technological devices (by Earth standards) were reverse-engineered from his frozen body. He was remained frozen until the Decepticons found him and free him from his state. At the end of the first film, Sam merged the Allspark with Megatron's spark, destroying both the Decepticon leader and the Allspark’s physical form. Only a single fragment of the cube appeared to remain, which Prime plucked from Megatron's dead body (There's another Allspark shard in Sam's old T-shirt when he destroyed Megatron). Megatron’s body was thrown into the Laurentian Abyss.

In Revenge of the Fallen, Megatron is the second-in-command behind his true master, the Fallen. Megatron is resurrected by the Decepticons with the AllSpark shard and becomes stronger as a result.
After Optimus destroyed half of his face in Revenge of the Fallen, Megatron used a cowl to partially hide his face. After ‘persuaded’ by Carly to defeat Sentinel Prime, Megatron is finally killed by Optimus with his energon axe, which rips Megatron's head and spine from his body.

Alt mode: 
  • Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor jet
The treacherous Decepticon Air Commander who has his own personal agenda.  He was also Megatron’s second-in-command. Starscream was actually unconcerned with resurrecting Megatron, he flew into space at the end of the first film and chose to spend his time as acting commander on the Decepticon ship Nemesis to engineer a new army for himself instead. His plan failed miserably, as without energon the hatchlings were dying.

After Soundwave and his deception army successfully executed his plan to resurrect Megatron, Starscream attempted to welcome his commander with open arms, only to be criticized by Megatron for leaving him to die in the Laurentian Abyss.

In Dark of the Moon, Starscream is killed by Sam Witwicky who blows off his head with a small timer bomb that was designed and given to him by Que.

Alt mode: 
  • Ford Mustang Saleen S281 police car
A Decepticon scout whom Frenzy guides to Sam. Barricade stores Frenzy in a compartment in his chest and ejects him from his front grill. Barricade disappears at the end of the first film after he is defeated by Bumblebee and reappears again in Dark of the Moon. He is shown executing Que by Dylan's orders. During the battle in Chicago, he is killed by several shots to his head by gunfire from the soldiers.

Alt mode: 
  • Buffalo H Mine-Protected vehicle (TF)
A Decepticon who tries to attack the Autobots on the highway to Mission City. Bonecrusher was subsequently beheaded in a fight with Optimus Prime.
Another Decepticon protoform takes the same form as Bonecrusher in Revenge of the Fallen but was ultimately killed by an airstrike in the end.

Blackout and Grindor
Alt mode:
  • Blackout - Sikorsky MH-53J Pave Low III helicopter (TF)
  • Grindor - Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter (ROTF)
Blackout is a one of the largest first-strike Decepticon soldier who is very loyal to Megatron. Other than his arsenal of weapons, he has the ability to disrupt electronic devices via EMP blasts. He is also able to detach and wield his tail rotor blades as a close-combat weapon. Blackout has a minion, Scorponok that attaches to him. He is killed by William Lennox when he shoots his spark toward the end of the first film.

Grindor is another Decepticon who similar to Blackout but they’re different characters. Grindor appears in Revenge of the Fallen to capture Sam for Megatron, Starscream, and the Doctor to obtain information about the ‘knowledge’ of the Allspark in his mind. He can be seen fighting Optimus along with Megatron and Starscream before his head is torn apart by Optimus.

Robot mode: none
A Decepticon Tracker who served under Blackout. His machine form is a robotic scorpion and he has no robot mode. He is able to dive under desert sands or other soft landforms. Scorponok repaired his tail after being wounded in an attack by the military. He was involved in the Egypt Giza battle where he managed to severely wound Jetfire before the old Seeker kills him.

Alt mode: 
  • GPX BCDW9815CNP boombox and Mikaela’s mobile phone (TF)
A small but skilled Decepticon spy/infiltrator who is responsible for locating Megatron whereabouts and find the Allspark. Frenzy mostly speaks in Cybertronian. He is killed by his own razor-disk shot from his chest that aimed the wrong way.

Alt mode: 
  • dark green M1 Abrams tank  
A Decepticon demolition specialist who is seen in the first film answering to Starscream's call with the other Decepticons. The character was intended to be named Brawl, but a subtitled Cybertronian line in the film mistakenly showed as “Devastator reporting”. Bumblebee killed him by shooting him several times in the chest with the last hit getting him in the spark.

In Dark of the Moon, there’s another decepticon protoform that takes the same form as Brawl (but in a different colour). He is seen fighting the Autobots before being killed by Optimus.

Revenge of the Fallen

The Fallen

The first and original founder and leader of the Decepticons, the strongest member of the Dynasty of Primes and Megatron's master. As one of the original seven Primes, he can only be killed by a Prime or a descendant of the Primes. All Decepticons must have an insignia which is similar to the Fallen’s face as a sign of allegiance to him.

He has the ability to teleport by opening Space Bridges at will and generates a shockwave upon reappearance. He wields a spear as his weapon. He also has telekinesis. As a Prime, he cannot transform, but is bigger in terms of size compared with other Cybertronians. He is initially shown to be in the Decepticon Nemesis ship in some kind of stasis due to the injuries he suffered during the battle of the Primes. He is ultimately killed by Optimus Prime.

Alt mode:
  • Cybertronian Satellite (ROTF)
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (DOTM)
Decepticon’s Intelligence and Communication Officer who is very loyal to Megatron. Soundwave is a satellite in Revenge of the Fallen, stationed high in the upper atmosphere and capable of processing millions of data streams at once. He is able to attach himself to a military satellite to monitor the Autobots and coordinate Decepticon movements around the world.

It is actually Soundwave and his deception army that’s successfully retrieves the Allspark shard to resurrect Megatron. Soundwave have two minions to serve him: Ravage and Laserbeak. In Dark of the Moon, he disguises himself as a car given to Carly by Dylan and is ultimately killed by Bumblebee in Chicago.

The Constructicons are Decepticon robots that transform into various construction vehicles and they are capable of combining with each other to have a larger form known as Devastator.

Alt mode:
  • white (Demolishor) and red (Scavenger) Terex O&K RH 400 hydraulic mining excavator (ROTF)
The largest Constructicon. 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. He is killed when Optimus Prime shoots him the right eye at point blank range.

Demolishor shares his model with another Decepticon, Scavenger. Scavenger takes part in the formation of Devastator (forms part of the upper torso of Devastator) and he was destroyed when Devastator was ripped apart by a rail gun.

Alt mode:
  • red Caterpillar D9T bulldozer with model number M930 (ROTF)
A member of the Constructicons. He moves around by jumping and he has treads coming out of his hands, which he uses as whips. He is killed by Bumblebee.
Rampage also shares his model with another Decepticon but colored yellow. The yellow Decepticon forms Devastator's left leg and was destroyed when Devastator was ripped apart by a rail gun.

Alt mode: 
  • black and silver Mack concrete mixer truck (ROTF)
A member of the Constructicons. He has a third “battle mode” which appears to be a gun emplacement other than his robot form. He is killed by Jetfire during the Egypt Giza battle.
Mixmaster also shares his model with another Decepticon. The Decepticon forms the head of Devastator and was destroyed when Devastator was ripped apart by a rail gun.

Long Haul/Payload
Alt mode:
  •  green (Long Haul) and yellow (Payload) Caterpillar 773B dump truck (ROTF, DOTM)
A member of the Constructicons. Long Haul is killed in an airstrike during the battle in Egypt.
Long Haul also shares his model with two other Decepticons. One of which forms the right leg of Devastator (Payload) and was destroyed when Devastator was ripped apart by a rail gun, while the other is present in the Chicago invasion and seen fighting the Autobots before being killed by Optimus.

Alt mode: 
  • yellow Caterpillar 992G scoop loader (ROTF, DOTM)
A member of the Constructicons. He is able to use his left arm as a chain mace. He is killed in an airstrike during the final battle in Egypt.
Scrapper also shares his model with two other Decepticons. One of which forms the right arm of Devastator and was destroyed when Devastator was ripped apart by a rail gun, while the other is present in the Chicago invasion and seen fighting the Autobots before being killed by Optimus.
Scrapmetal – ‘The Little One’
Alt mode: 
  • yellow Volvo EC700C crawler excavator fitted with a Stanley UP 45SV attachment in concept arts (ROTF)
A member of the Constructicons. When Soundwave retrieved the Allspark shard and informed the Decepticons of Megatron’s location, Scrapmetal joins the Doctor, Mixmaster, Long Haul and Rampage on the retrieval mission to recover Megatron. After the Doctor examined Megatron's corpse, he ordered Scrapmetal’s execution in order to provide spare parts for Megatron.

Alt mode: none
(ROTF) Devastator is made up of:
  • Mixmaster - black and silver Mack concrete mixer truck forms the head.
  • Scavenger/Demolishor - red Terex O&K RH 400 hydraulic mining excavator forms the upper torso.
  • Overload - red KW Dart D4661 Tractor Truck articulated dump truck forms the lower torso/waist.
  • Scrapper - yellow Caterpillar 992G scoop loader forms the right arm.
  • Hightower - yellow KOBELCO CKE2500 II crawler crane forms the left arm.
  • Skipjack - yellow Caterpillar D9T bulldozer bearing model M930 forms the left hand.
  • Long Haul - green Caterpillar 773B dump truck forms the right leg.
  • Payload - yellow Caterpillar 769D dump truck forms the left leg.
  • Rampage – yellow/red Caterpillar D9T bulldozer forms the left foot.
A massive Decepticon combiner formed by several combining construction vehicles (he can be formed from six, seven, or nine Constructicons). He is so huge that he is physically unable to stand up straight, forcing him to walk in a four-legged fashion. He has a Vortex Grinder, which located in his mouth. He also has grappling hooks to climb the Great Pyramid of Giza. Devastator excavated the Harvester from the Great Pyramid of Giza with his Vortex Grinder before he was destroyed by a rail gun.

Devastator was originally supposed to be made up of several Constructicons combine together in the film. Due to the complexity of the CGI, which takes a huge amount of time to render, Devastator was ultimately made to be formed by other vehicles that come together. As a result of this change, Overload’s and Hightower’s robot forms were dropped and only their vehicle modes being seen in the film.

Alt mode: 
  • silver black Audi R8 (ROTF)
A Decepticon surveillance agent/spy.  He is found to be in hiding with Demolishor in Shanghai, China. After getting chased by Arcee, Sideswipe killed Sideways by slicing him in half with his blades.
Sideways shares his model with another Decepticon that is present during the Chicago invasion. He is seen fighting with the Autobots before being killed by Optimus.

Robot mode: none
A Decepticon infiltration expert and a minion of Soundwave. He can spy inside highly secure locations undetected by using swarms of microcons (Reedman). He is killed by Bumblebee during the Egypt battle.

Microcons (Reedman)
Alt mode: small size ball bearings
Reedman is a one-eyed razor-thin robot formed by a group of microcons. Microcons are swarms of extremely small robots shaped like ball bearings, which can unfold to reveal the robot hidden inside. Ravage deployed Reedman to infiltrate the human-Autobot alliance NEST military base at the island of Diego Garcia to retrieve the Allspark fragment. Reedman’s extremely thin frame makes him virtually invisible as long as he is facing directly at his enemy.

The Doctor (Scalpel)
Alt mode: 
  • microscope (ROTF)
Decepticon’s field medic and scientist. The Doctor has vast databases of anatomical and mechanical knowledge and extremely skilled in dissecting and rebuilding most technological devices or life-forms.
In Dark of The Moon, it was shown that there’s a group of Doctors attempting to repair Megatron's head that’s damaged during his battle with Optimus in Revenge of the Fallen.

Insecticons are small insect-like Decepticons that are used to search for the target’s location.

There’s an Insecticon called the Watch-bot in Dark of the Moon. It can attach itself to a host around the wrist and gives the appearance of a wristwatch. However, once it has tapped into the central nervous system, it can control its host, as well as observe and record any data the host sees and hears. Once it has finished gathering intelligence, it drops off and heads back to the Decepticons to report. It is later killed by Sam, with his foot.

Pretender Alice
Alt mode: A human named Alice.
A Decepticon Pretender in Revenge of the Fallen. She is sent by the Decepticons to retrieve information regarding the Allspark fragment from Sam. She is killed by Mikaela Banes.

Dark of the Moon

Sentinel Prime
Alt mode:
  • red and black Rosenbauer Panther airport crash tender fire truck (DOTM)
One of the descendants of Primes, former leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime's predecessor and mentor, captain of the Ark that carries the Pillar technology. He has a shield, a double-bladed Primax Blade sword that can be folded into one and a cosmic rust cannon that causes any metal object that it hits to rust. His intention is to restore Cybertron to its former glory after the war, no matter the cost, even causing him to turn against his ideals by siding with the Decepticons.

 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 fights with Sentinel but he was no match for his old mentor, until Megatron blasting Sentinel with his rifle, defeating him by surprise. Optimus seize the chance and kill Megatron by pulling out his head and spine with an energon axe and executes the weakened Sentinel for betraying the Autobots.

Alt mode: Multiple, able to transform into a variety of electronic devices, such as a printer, desktop computer, and an audio system and even a child-size pink version of Bumblebee.
An intelligent Decepticon infiltration expert/spy and a minion of Soundwave. He’s able to speak English, unlike Ravage. Laserbeak is killed on a Decepticon ship (piloted by Bumblebee) when Sam holds his head in front of a gun barrel which Bumblebee fires, blowing off his head.

Alt mode: 
  • Cybertronian tank
A cruel, emotionless Decepticon assassin/hunter and scientist with a cold devotion to logic. His head features a single eye, and has an arm-mounted cannon, with a tube connecting it to his body. He commands a Cybertronian creature called the Driller that is used for personal transport and pet. He is killed by Optimus Prime.
The largest subterranean lifeform native to Cybertron, an enormous multi-tentacled beast capable of burrowing through the ground or through buildings with ease. They are capable of great destruction on any scale. Driller is killed by Jetwing Optimus.

Dreads – Crowbar, Hatchet, Crankcase
Alt mode: 
  • Chevrolet Suburban emergency vehicles (DOTM)
The Dreads are a group of fearsome Decepticon assassins/enforcers. Their designs seem to resemble the Predator. Crankcase is the leader of the Dreads. The Dreads attacked Sam and the Autobots on the highway. Hatchet is killed by Bumblebee and Dino on the highway. Crankcase and Crowbar fought Sideswipe and Ironhide together. Both were killed by Ironhide with Sideswipe’s help.

Alt mode: none
A deformed Decepticon that wanders around with Megatron at his base in Africa. He is last seen eating the head of the Abraham Lincoln statue in the Lincoln Memorial. His status is unknown, presumably hunted down and killed by humans before Age of Extinction.

Alt mode: 
  • Russian missile launcher in the concept arts.
A massive quadruped Decepticon present during the Chicago invasion in Dark of the Moon. Devcon is killed by the combined firepower of the Wreckers.

Alt mode: 
  • green and white Waste Management, Inc garbage truck (DOTM)
A Decepticon who has the same body mold as Long Haul. He is only seen trans-scanning his vehicle mode before driving off after he arrived on Earth from the moon through the space bridge pillar. He did not participate in the Chicago invasion. Junkheap is presumably hunted down and killed down by humans, made back as a Vehicon, in Age of Extinction.

Protoform army
Alt modes: none, as they prefer to remain in their protoform states.
The Decepticon army mostly consists of lower rank Decepticons that do not bother (or can’t) to trans-scan to adopt new alternate Earth forms for disguise. They follow orders blindly from their upper rank transformable superiors, and are highly expendable.

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Age of Extinction

Alt mode:
  • black and grey 2014 Freightliner Argosy cab over truck (AOE)
A human-made Transformer who does not belong to any faction, Autobot or Decepticon, will later become the new Decepticon/Vehicon leader in Age of Extinction. Galvatron is made from Megatron’s parts and he gains sentience and decides to fight against the humans by the end of Age of Extinction. Instead of transforming, he is able to change his form molecularly. Despite the fact that Galvatron is built from Megatron parts and carries his 'will', but he is not Megatron. He's a glitchy imperfect version of Megatron.

Alt mode: 
  • grey 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe (AOE)
A bounty hunter from outer space who does not belong to any faction, Autobot or Decepticon, will make an appearance in Age of Extinction. He works for the 'Creators' of the Transformers. He is the main antagonist in the film. He has a huge spaceship of his own (given by the 'Creators') and is being sent by the 'Creators' to retrieve Prime on Earth (There's a bounty for Prime). He has kept a lot artifacts, weapons or alien lifeforms of unknown origins in his spaceship. He has a group of techno-organic workers and a pack of techno-organic canines under his command, referred to as Steeljaw. He is killed by Optimus Prime, with combined effort from Bumblebee, Cade, Tessa and Shane.

Alt mode: 
  • red and black 2013 Pagani Huayra (AOE)
A human-made Transformer who does not belong to any faction, Autobot or Decepticon, later becomes a spy/sabotage specialist and fight under the command of Galvatron. He will appear in Age of Extinction. He is designed based on Bumblebee and shares the same look as him in robot mode. Instead of transforming, he is able to change his form molecularly.


Vehicons are mass-produced Transformers made by humans, reverse-engineered from various dead bodies of the Transformers after learning their biology (knowing what they are made of), to counterattack any future Cybertronian invasion. They will eventually go out of control and under the command of Galvatron. They will appear in Age of Extinction. The Autobots managed to stop them with assistance from the Dinobots.

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  1. Lockdwon isnt Decepticon, but he is impartial

  2. no, Protoforms have alt modes, but they are Cybertronian.