ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What are the Transformers?

Updated on July 12, 2011

What (who )are the Transformers?

One of the biggest movies in 2007 is a live action adaptation of an 80's cartoon called "Transformers". If you grew up in the Los Angeles area, you were watching them on KCOP, Channel 13, in the afternoons. The cartoon came from a line of popular Japanese toys from the 70's. Hasbro made them popular in the US.

In the world of the Transformers, the faith of planet Earth was being decided by the conflict between two feuding clans of Transformers - the noble Autobots and the evil Decepticons. These gigantic organic robots came to Earth from their home planet Cybertron which was ravaged by their centuries old war. The Decepticons wanted to deplete the Earth of it's fuel that they call energons. The Autobot followed and fought them so as to preserve life on Earth.

When "Transformers: The Movie" was announced a few years back and as the theatrical release came closer, many of us who watched them in the 80's were either skeptical or completely geeked-out. Surprisingly enough, the movie was well done. The only complaint I had was that there were too many humans talking and not enough Transformers talking.

In any case, if you're not familiar with the who's who in this year's summer blockbuster, then read on. I'll describe the roster of Transformers in the movie. This information might help you just in case you're buying a gift for a young boy this Christmas.

Optimus Prime, Transformers


These are your good guys. Led by their leader, Optimus Prime, the Autobots transform into wheeled-vehicles such as cars and trucks. In the movie, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Jazz, and Ironhide represented the Autobots.

Optimus Prime

The noble leader. Optimus Prime turns into a 18-wheeler semi-truck both in the movie and the 80's cartoon. He was voiced in the 80's cartoon by Peter Cullen. And the fans were treated in the movie by having Mr. Cullen voice Optimus Prime again.


Bumblebee played a special part in the movie as the loveable guardian of Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf). In the battle the end of the movie, Bumblebee became the object of Mikaela's (Megan Fox) affection as she went above and beyond her call of duty (self-preservation) in order to get the wounded and wrecked Bumblebee to safety and back to battle. In the movie, Bumblebee was a Camaro. In the 80's cartoon, he was a VW bug. He also had the most screen time of all the Transformers.


He's the team medic. In the movie, he was a Hummer H2. In the cartoons, he was an ambulance.


Jazz was a favorite in the 80's cartoon. He played a bigger role then as a hotrod. Also, in the 80's cartoon, he transformed into a Porsche 935 Turbo. In the movie, he was a Pontiac Solstice. He's cooler in the cartoon! Also, Jazz sadly died in the movie by the hands of Megatron. He was pulled in half and Ratchet could not put him back together.


Ironhide is the weapons specialist. In the cartoons, he was also a top officer and bodyguard to Optimus Prime. In the cartoons, he was a van. In the movie, he was a GM TopKick pickup truck.


The bad guys. These Transformers were led by the ruthless Megatron. Other members of the Decepticons include Starscream, Barricade, Devastator, Bonecrusher, Blackout, Scorponok, and Frenzy.


The "harbinger of death" according to Sam Witwicky. Megatron was the leader of the greedy Decepticons whose goal was to drain the Earth of a fuel resource called, Energons. Megatron was popular for his gun-mode that he transformed to and shot by his officer and second-in-command, Starscream. One wish I had for the movie was that Megatron should have played a bigger role and not simply be frozen for more than half the time. In the movie, Megatron transformed into a jet.


Best known as the Decepticon's 2nd-in-command. In the cartoons, his desire to usurp Megatron was very blatant, often engaging his leader with bickering arguments over strategies. Their tenous relationship was not shown in the movie. At the very end scene, Starscream was seen leaving Earth, his destination a mystery, possibly determined by the sequel. In both cartoon and the live action movie, Starscream transformed into a jet fighter.


We saw Barricade as the police squad car in the movie who first followed Sam Witwicky. Luckily for Sam, his guardian Bumblebee was not too far around. In the movie, Barricade transformed into a Saleen 281 Mustang police squad car, which looked pretty cool. He squared off and lost to Bumblebee, a Camaro. Hmm...Ford vs. GM.


In the movie, we saw Devastator as a M1 Abrams Tank. Pretty good action he fought at the last battle in the city streets towards the end of the movie. Now, in the cartoons, Devastator was the creature that a combined constructicons become. Constructicons are another set of Decepticons introduced much later.


Speaking of Constructicons, Bonecrusher was one of them in the cartoons and he transformed into a bulldozer. In the live action movie, he's an armoed vehicle. He had the dubious role of the slained Decepticon by the hands of Optimus Prime in the freeway chase.


Blackout was the first Transformer we saw in the movie. He was the helicopter who attacked the soldiers in the desert. He has the size to store other Decepticons such as Scorponok and Frenzy, whom he's allied with. In the cartoons, Blackout has had various forms including a helicopter.


Scorponok was the Decepticon who followed theescaping soldiers through the desert at the beginning of the movie. He traveled with Blackout and has close ties to him. In the movie, he's the only Transformer who did not transform into a different mode.


The smallest Transformer who can transform into something as small as a cellphone. He's the one who infiltrated Hoover Dam and discovered the Allspark for the Decepticons.

Starscream Bust


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • optimus grimlock profile image

      optimus grimlock 

      8 years ago

      The fallen wasnt even in the cartoon series and should of had the dinobots instead. Maybe they'll be in the 3rd movie!

    • reagu profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      You're right. I'm happy with Transformers 2.

    • waynet profile image

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      You see him more in the 2nd film and there seems to be more transformer action going on this time round.

    • reagu profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Los Angeles

      You're right. But I thought they messed up more when they kept Megatron frozen for most of the movie. I'd like to have seen him more with the Decepticons.

    • profile image

      Search Engine Optimization 

      10 years ago

      they messed up devistator in the movie. that wasnt even devistator. but it may have something to do with transformers 2. at the end of the first movie they dump all the dead decepticons at the bottom of the ocean. maybe he gets revived as a constructicon.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)