Bumblebee is one of Optimus Prime‘s most trusted lieutenants. Although he is not the strongest or most powerful of the Autobots, Bumblebee more than makes up for this with a bottomless well of luck, determination and bravery. He would gladly give his life to protect others and stop the Decepticons.
Badly damaged in battle, Bumblebee lost the ability to speak verbally, though he can still communicate over inter-Autobot frequencies (in a fashion that seems somewhat akin to instant messaging, a usable but more distant and less personal means of interaction).
Ironhide is one of the oldest and toughest Autobots, and has been on Optimus Prime‘s team for a long time. “They don’t make them like they used to” is an apt description of Ironhide — he’s yesterday’s model, but he’s built to last.
Gruff and ornery, he prefers actions to words, and dislikes talk for talk’s sake. (He wouldn’t enjoy being paired up with Bluestreak.) But though he may be rough around the edges, he’s still optimistic and upbeat. The upside to being through more than your share of trouble means trouble ain’t so big a scare anymore.
Ironhide’s most distinctive ability is the water gun, a weapon which can generate and shoot a liquid of virtually any type. Liquid nitrogen is historically a favorite, but there have been acids, mortar, and more.
He is HARD.
Optimus Prime is the leader of the Autobots. Once, long ago, he was co-ruler of Cybertron together with his brother, Lord High Protector Megatron, but Megatron grew greedy and attempted to claim the All Spark for himself. Optimus rose to stand against him. As obsessively as Megatron strives to achieve his objective, Optimus is equally as dedicated to stopping him, even at the cost of his life, his world, and—if necessary—his own people. It was on his order that the All Spark was jettisoned into space, dooming Cybertron to a slow death and his people to nomadism. The sacrifices he has made weigh heavily on his spark, but they must be done, for there is no other choice. He knows the ambitions that lurk in Megatron’s spark, and they must never see the light of day. Lives must be kept free from the threat of Megatron’s tyranny, no matter the cost.
In Shanghai, Sideswipe is sent out to finish Sideways. He chases Sideways around some Warehouses and attempts to stab Sideways, but misses and hits the ground. Then he uses the blade in the ground to propel him in the air. He uses his guns on his back to fire at Sideways, then throws his blade into Sideways’ hood and lands, spins around and grabs the blade he threw, holds onto it and stops and lets Sideways drive through it, awesomely slicing him in half. He then states (quite like Duke Nukem): “Damn I’m good!”
Later in Egypt, he is brushed aside along with the others when The Fallen teleports in front of them and steals the Matrix. After that he fights in the final battle, firing at Decepticons with the human military.
Ratchet, the Autobots’ medic, is probably the bravest of them all. He’ll risk his life to pull any wounded comrade from the battlefield. Indeed, he did not join Optimus Prime‘s team to be a soldier; rather, he’s there to save lives, and thinks Prime is the best chance the universe has for peace.
A medic who dislikes violence, Ratchet’s well-armed appearance is more due to being an improviser with surgical tools, such as his buzzsaw. When combat is unavoidable, he can employ these makeshift weapons with surprising agility for his size.
Though small compared to many of her peers and adversaries, Arcee compensates with speed and aggressive maneuvers, making her one of the most dangerous Autobots around. Moreover, Arcee is a born hunter. She honed her speed hunting turbofoxes with other speedsters, challenging herself to get as close as possible before tagging them with her bow. She’s a crack shot with said crossbow weapon, and Ironhide has trained her to use her speed to her advantage in battle, striking suddenly and swiftly and then vanishing away again as fast as she appeared.
The events at Tyger Pax created a nagging doubt in Arcee about her abilities. She carries some guilt about Bumblebee’s injuries, and part of what drives her is the desire to prove herself, not only in the optics of her friends and comrades, but most importantly in herself.
Skids is one of the Twins. Skids claims he’s smarter than his brother Mudflap and seems to believe he’s more mature, though in claiming so he has a tendency to blabber on and on and on… He has an oversized right arm and a oversized right eye. He also has a tendency for starting fights with his brother. Both he and Mudflap started out disguised as an ice cream truck, both merged together as one half of the truck (And even had a bumper sticker that said “Decepticons, suck my popsicle.”)
Mudflap is an Autobot and the twin brother of Skids. He transforms into a brick-red Chevy Trax concept. He has a hyper personality and, according to his brother, “zips around like a maniac.” It seems he doesn’t get along with Skids when it comes to ideas of fighting and strategy; that remind you of some other twins?