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- 1 Autobots
- 2 Ascenticons
- 3 Others
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: By and large viewed as a whole group of them by everyone on Cybertron.
- Adaptational Heroism: Never has Sentinel Prime allowed aliens to emigrate to Cybertron.
- Ambiguously Evil: In much the same way as Froid.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them
- Badass Bookworm: Per tradition, he used to be a librarian.
- Pinball Protagonist: Has yet to do anything but reacts a lot.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Contrasting his Hot-Blooded boss.
- Strongly Worded Letter: What most of his actions have amounted to.
- Walking the Earth: Went on a tour of Cybertron's colonies before he became Head Archivist.
- You Are in Command Now: Was put in charge of Cybertron while Sentinel Prime was on a tour of the colonies. All things considered, he did a truly terrible job.
- Number Two: To Orion.
- Adaptational Heroism: From elitist jerkass to war hero.
- Can't Kill You - Still Need You: Many note that Nominus preferred exiling powerful people (such as the Insecticons and Constructicons) instead of executing them outright.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His policies have stifled Cybertron's growth and led to heavy energon rationing and regulation but also led to large surplus of the fuel. In his quest to keep his planet at peace, he also exiled many liabilities.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's been replaced by Sentinel but how has not been explained.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Yeah they're crazed nutjobs but they're not the Rise. Which is exactly why Megatron took control of the Rise. To legitimize his faction.
- Admiring the Abomination: After a chance encounter with Exarchon in the last war, he gained a great respect for the mech.
- Can't Take Criticism: Any criticism will likely result in him having to restrain himself from beating the criticizer to death.
- Corrupt Politician
- Made of Iron: Doesn't ever flinch. Not when he falls from low orbit or when he's the victim of an assassination attempt. Because the latter was staged.
- Magnificent Bastard: Can plan 20 moves ahead. Shame then that he has to deal with short-sighted anarchists like Soundwave and Shockwave.
- Moral Myopia: Megatron will cheat, lie, and manipulate to get his goals done. Someone else using those tactics against him?! How dare they?!
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives an epic one to Shockwave to get him in line.
- Sanity Slippage: Being Surrounded by Idiots doesn't help. It's also implied that he's overfilling on energon too much.
- Slowly Slipping Into Evil: He was Ambiguously Evil at first but as time wound on, he's become more and more like the traditional Megatron.
- Surrounded by Idiots: And boy does he know it. In a radical departure from the norm, he doesn't even hold Soundwave in high regard.
- Tank Goodness: His alternate mode. Though he lacks his fusion cannon at the moment.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Decides this of Elita and Bumblebee in issue #19.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the previous continuity, he campaigned against the Corrupt Politicians. He is one this time around.
- Machine Monotone: His text is written in blue boxes with yellow electronically-styled outlines, likely homaging his speech style in The Transformers.
- Properly Paranoid: Seems rather distrustful of Bumblebee's full commitment to the cause.
- Dirty Cop: Found the missing Voin smuggler instantly but chose to pass on the information to Shockwave instead of Prowl.
- Spanner in the Works: His hack job of covering his tracks and then seeking political asylum at Ascenticon headquarters undoes so much of Megatron's Evil Plan.
- Token Good Teammate: The only Ascenticon who isn't a complete lunatic.
- Unwitting Pawn: Genuinely believes in the Asecticon desire to make the world a better place but is little more than pretty face for Megatron to show off to the masses.
- Ascended Extra
- Off with His Head
- Tank Goodness
- What Happened to the Mouse?: As a few characters have pointed out, he's rather mysteriously vanished ever since he he killed Rubble. He shows up in issue 20, being sheltered by the Rise.
- Would Hurt a Child: Not only that, he he killed Rubble. Ratchet even notes that the first punch killed the kid but Quake just kept going.
- Demoted to Dragon: Via a vicious No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, Megatron firmly reminds Shockwave of this.
- The Exile: Whatever the truth of his past, he had to be smuggled back to Cybertron by Megatron.
- Mysterious Past: Claims to have been exiled by Nominus Prime. Just before that, the Senate said that no one was exiled.
- The Starscream: Running his own agenda, clearly contrary to Megatron's.
- The Exile: Lives in a fortress out in the wilderness and refuses to come out unless the world changes.
- Fan of the Past: Because she views the present as a sterile, confining place.
- Nostalgia Filter: Might be how she's viewing the Age of Expansion as several others have commented that it involved a lot of genocide.
- Our Founder: Founded the Ascenticon movement.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She imparted onto Megatron the idea that you have to tear down the old world to make a new one.
- Adaptational Villainy: He joined the Ascenticons. Subverted when it's revealed he's The Mole at Orion's request.
- Always Someone Better: To Cliffjumper.
- Hundred-Percent Adoration Rating: Everyone, from every walk of life, loves Bumblebee.
- Noodle Incident: Whatever caused him to leave Security Operations.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Despite the fact that Cybertronians don't have biological offspring, his reaction to Rubble's demise is framed as such.
- Parents as People: With Rubble.
- Audience Surrogate: He asks Bumblebee all the questions that the audience would.
- Decoy Protagonist: Though set up as the lead, he acts more as a vehicle to introduce the other leads. And he dies in issue #5.
- Killed Off for Real: At the end of issue 5.
- Meaningful Name
- Friend to All Children: As Bumblebee notes, despite his Jerkass tendencies, he was very patient with any youths.
- Jerkass: Not only would he never let anyone forget their failings or the times they were late, he wouldn't even bother to remember their names.
- Plot-Triggering Death: He's killed in the first issue. He discovered the Risers trying to steal from him and Frenzy panicked.
- Adaptational Heroism: Much kinder than Prowl normally is.
- Forced to Watch: All he can do is listen as Rubble is being beaten to death.
- It's Personal: When Rubble is killed, Prowl really commits to the murder investigation.
- Police Brutality: Engages in a healthy amount of it in issue #20.
- The Peter Principle: She had no problem doing her job in peacetime. In this volatile socio-political climate, things might be a bit harder.
- Ambiguously Evil: For all his good intentions and seeming care for his patients, he acts rather shifty.
- Jerkass: All of his appearances consist of him being a smug bastard to just about everyone he comes across.
- Playing Both Sides: And openly to boot. As he himself says, he has no idea who's going to win the upcoming socio-political upheaval so why rush to pick a side?
- Foil: As Orion's mentor, she contrasts Termagax, Megatron's mentor. Both also have a markedly different view on the Age of Expansion, with Codexa viewing it as a barbaric time of colonizing and genocide.
- Bigger Bad: The war he waged on Cybertron led to the Nominus Edict which is leading into the Great War.
- Hive Mind: Could control at least three bodies.
- Noodle Incident: Megatron says that he was "corrupted" by something or someone out in space.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He lost the War of the Threefold Spark but some have expressed doubt on whether or not he's truly deceased.
- Berserk Button: Lying.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Their thought patterns are not even comparable to Cybertronians.
- Ditto Aliens
- Composite Character: Is a Cool Big Sis like her original cartoon self but piss her off, and you can find an Ax Crazy lunatic comparable to her previous IDW self.
- Mama Bear: To Gauge.
- Mind Rape: Had her brain hacked into by the Reversionists to believe that she was always one of them.
- Replacement Goldfish: Was forged as a response to Brainstorm's death.
- Token Religious Teammate: Inverted. Though she was brainwashed by the Reversionists, she doesn't buy into their religious dogma.
- Ass in Ambassador: Is an unrepentant Jerkass even when dealing with the Probats.
- Adaptational Villainy: Much like Soundwave, he was a Noble Demon in the previous continuity, contrasting his more unambiguously evil persona here.
- Evil Is Petty: Willing to commit genocide to make his job easier.
- Fantastic Racism: Loathes organic life and the very idea of treating one as an equal.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Cliffjumper impales him on on a massive energon spire.
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