There’s Definitely More Than Meets the Eye

    February 9, 2011 at 6:00 am

    For any young person growing up in the 80s, the Transformers were just about the coolest show ever. With that in mind, this is a list of the five coolest Transformers characters from the original cartoon.

    Points were awarded purely for meeting strict “badass” criteria like attitude, image, fighting ability, and transformation. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the nostalgia…


    Created by Starscream, Bruticus was immediately a brutal force capable of defeating the Decepticons then most potent weapon, Devastator. Bruticus makes the list because he’s formed by one of the coolest teams in the Transformers universe – the Combaticons. Military vehicles are very cool, and since the Combaticons’ personality components are Decepticon prisoners liberated from a detention centre that makes them super cool. The sum of five super cool robots is one mega cool, giant robot – it’s basic math.


    Even more spectacular than Bruticus, Predaking is the fusion of the five Predacons. To quote the show, “as a weapon Predaking is without equal; as a warrior he is without restraint. He can lift one million tons without straining a circuit.” Now that’s pretty cool. He would be higher on the list, but losing a fight against loud-mouth Sky Lynx costs him some coolness points.


    Devastating by name, devastating by nature. Devastator was the Decepticons’ most lethal weapon in the early series. Usurped later by the likes of Bruticus, Predaking, et al., Devastator was the only one to appear in the movie. The green and purple color scheme is striking. Devastator was a hulking juggernaut in every sense, and the Autobots were usually kept busy trying to stop him, even going so far as to try and re-program him in one memorable episode.


    The fearsome, ruthless, and charismatic Decepticon leader was fearless to the end. Left shattered in the Transformers movie after his final battle with Optimus Prime, the other Decepticons jettisoned him into space on the way back to Cybetron. Bumping into Unicron on his way to oblivion, Megatron initially rejected Unicron’s offer of a new body, refusing to be anyone’s slave. How cool is that?

    Optimus Prime

    Undoubtedly the most iconic Transformer ever, Prime’s sad demise in the 1986 movie devastated children around the world. He was subsequently resurrected in the cartoon, only to die again, and then be resurrected once more. With a penchant for turning the tide of battle at crucial moments, Prime is an awe-inspiring and charismatic leader, with all the best lines. There’s no Transformer cooler than Prime, who manages to walk the thin line between being a goody-goody and being a complete badass.

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