Every Autobot From The Transformers Movies

They’re more than meets the eye

It’s been over a decade since the first Transformers movie, directed by Michael Bay, hit theaters back in 2007. It introduced a new generation to the massive alien robots that transform into cars, jets, tanks, and other vehicles. Throughout the franchise, the Autobots (good guys) have been repeatedly pitted against the Decepticons (bad guys) for the fate of the universe, with six total films in the franchise.

With that many movies comes a slew of unique robots and the variety of things they can transform into. It should come as no surprise that, ultimately, the Transformers franchise is the story of good and evil playing out over and over, with the good side emerging victorious every single time. Given that, we decided to put the spotlight on the Autobots. These intergalactic heroes have battled the force of evil and saved humanity time and again, even when humans made it clear they wanted nothing to do with the massive robots.

Take a look at our breakdown of every Autobot in the live-action franchise–and a ride based on the movies–thus far. And when you get to the end of the list, don’t worry too much. While we haven’t had a new film since 2018’s Bumblebee, there will surely be another Transformers movie at some point. After all, the series has made nearly $5 billion worldwide at this point, so there’s certainly still interest in the property.

Optimus Prime

First appearance: Transformers

As the leader of the Autobots — and the most popular Transformer — it’s no surprise that Optimus Prime has been around since the beginning. He doesn’t get much airtime in the newest film, though.

Optimus Prime transforms into a semi-truck.

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Bumblebee

First appearance: Transformers

If Optimus Prime is the leader of the Autobots, Bumblebee is the heart. In the first three films he served as a guardian to Sam (Shia LaBeouf) and speaks through songs and pieces of dialogue played through the radio. Throughout the film series he transforms into various models of the Chevrolet Camaro.

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Jazz

First appearance: Transformers

Jazz was second-in-command to Optimus Prime and transforms into a Pontiac Solstice sports car in the first movie. He is killed in a fight with Megatron, making him the first Autobot casualty in the film’s franchise.

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Ironhide

First appearance: Transformers

Ironhide is a weapons specialist who transforms into a GMC TopKick truck. After the death of Jazz in the first movie, he becomes second-in-command to Optimus Prime.

Ironhide dies in the third film, Dark of the Moon.

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Ratchet

First appearance: Transformers

The medic of the Autobots, Ratchet transforms into a Hummer H2 ambulance. He is killed by the Cybertronian Lockdown in the fourth film, Age of Extinction.

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Sideswipe

First appearance: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Sideswipe — who transforms into a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray — plays a major role in Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon. There’s no mention of the character in the first or fourth installments of the series, however.

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Jolt

First appearance: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Jolt — who transforms into a Chevrolet Volt — only appeared in the second movie and was used as a way to promote the electric vehicle. Though the bot helped to save Optimus Prime in Revenge of the Fallen, he was never mentioned again.

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Skids and Mudflap

First appearance: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

These two, who originally transformed into ice cream trucks, played small roles in the second film. The bulk of their appearance in Dark of the Moon was cut for time, though they do make a cameo in it.

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Arcee, Chromia and Elita-One

First appearance: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

This trio of female Autobots transform into motorcycles — a Ducati, a Suzuki and an MV. They were originally set to debut in the first film, but don’t make an appearance until the sequel. They die in the film’s final battle. Arcee later appears in a different form in Bumblebee.

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Jetfire

First appearance: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Portrayed as an older robot who uses a cane to walk, Jetfire — who transforms into a long-range jet — turned his back on the Decepticons to become one of the good guys. In the end, he sacrifices himself to save Optimus Prime.

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Wheelie

First appearance: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Perhaps the silliest of the Autobots, Wheelie transformers into a radio-controlled truck. Like Jetfire, he was originally a Decepticon before changing his ways. While it was believed the character died during Dark of the Moon, it’s been confirmed Wheelie will return for The Last Knight.

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Brains

First appearance: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Brains, another former Decepticon, transforms into a laptop computer. In Dark of the Moon he is shown to be close friends with Wheelie, with the two of them ultimately saving the day. He appears again in Age of Extinction but his status as of the end of the movie is unknown.

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Mirage

First appearance: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Mirage speaks with an Italian accent and transforms into a Ferrari. Though it’s believe he survived the final battle in the third movie, he is never seen again. The actor who voiced Mirage, Francesco Quinn, died shortly after the film’s release.

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Wheeljack

First appearance: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

A scientist with an Irish accent, Wheeljack transforms into a Mercedes-Benz and helps the Autobots by creating weaponry for them. Before the end of the film, he is executed by a Decepticon named Soundwave. A younger version of Wheeljack appears in Bumblebee.

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The Wreckers

First appearance: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

This trio of Autobots are brash, loud and vulgar. They all transform into NASCAR stock cars and work with the government. They only appear in Dark of the Moon so far.

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Sentinel Prime

First appearance: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The mentor of Optimus and the original leader of the Autobots, Sentinel Prime transforms into a fire truck. Obsessed with returning his home planet to its former state, Sentinel turns traitor and sides with the Decepticons, but is ultimately defeated.

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Hound

First appearance: Transformers: Age of Extinction

He has a beard, smokes a cigar, and transforms into a tactical truck. Hound becomes the weapons expert of the team after the death of Ironhide in Dark of the Moon.

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Drift

First appearance: Transformers: Age of Extinction

The former Decepticon, modeled after samurai warriors, is a rare triple-changer. He can transform into a Bugatti Veyron, as well as a Cybertronian helicopter. Drift has a friendly rivalry with Bumblebee in the films. In The Last Night, he appears with a new design and color scheme.

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Crosshairs

First appearance: Transformers: Age of Extinction

Crosshairs transforms into a Chevrolet Corvette and acts as both a sniper and paratrooper for the Autobots. During Age of Extinction he forms a bond with Scorn of the Dinobots, nicknaming him Spike.

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The Dinobots

First appearance: Transformers: Age of Extinction

The Dinobots are the Legendary warriors of Cybertron. Grimlock, the leader (seen here), transforms into a mechanical Tyrannosaurus Rex. Strafe becomes a Pteranodon, Slug a Triceratops and Scorn a Spinosaurus.

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Trench

First appearance: Transformers: The Last Knight

This towering Autobot helps fend off the Decepticons in this film. Its alternate form is that of a Caterpillar excavator tractor.

Bulldog

First appearance: Transformers: The Last Knight

This aging Autobot is shown as suffering from dementia and had been around since it fought in World War I, primarily using its auto form of a tank.

Canopy

First appearance: Transformers: The Last Knight

We don’t actually see Canopy in his auto form. In the movie he’s introduced as hiding in the rubble in Chicago and ultimately gives his life saving children.

Cogman

First appearance: Transformers: The Last Knight

Cogman is essentially a robot butler to Sir Edmund Burton in this movie, doing tasks for him like fetching Mark Wahlberg’s character. He’s also the size of a normal human, much smaller than many Transformers.

First appearance: Transformers: The Last Knight

If ever there was a junkyard Transformer, it’s Daytrader. The massive bot is essentially a junk trader that also has plenty of fight in him.

Dragonstorm

First appearance: Transformers: The Last Knight

Turning into a car is one thing, but Dragonstorm is a flying, fire-breathing, three-headed dragon. What’s more, it’s the alternate form of two Transformers that combine together.

Hot Rod

First appearance: Transformers: The Last Knight

While this particular Autobot first appeared in the toyline for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, it wasn’t until The Last Knight that he actually made it on screen. He also later appeared in Bumblebee.

Lieutenant

First appearance: Transformers: The Last Knight

Lieutenant is another of the elderly Autobots introduced in The Last Knight. His bot mode is that of an old fighter plane and he ultimately dies in the movie.

Mini Dinobots

First appearance: Transformers: The Last Knight

Age of Extinction has Dinobots, so The Last Knight took that idea to the next level and made them tiny and adorable. Honestly, there’s not much more to them than that.

Sqweeks

First appearance: Transformers: The Last Knight

Mini Dinobots weren’t cute enough. Obviously, this movie needed an adorable scooter that turns into a bumbling robot.

Cliffjumper

First appearance: Bumblebee

Cliffjumper escaped Cybertron amid the attack by the Decepticons. However, the evil bots later traced him to one of Saturn’s moons, where he crash-landed. When he wouldn’t give up Optimus Prime’s location, he was killed.

Brawn

First appearance: Bumblebee

While Brawn didn’t last too long, the character is seen in the opening battle for Cybertron in Bumblebee, fighting the Decepticons alongside his fellow Autobots.

Evac

First appearance: Transformers: The Ride

While you haven’t seen Evac in the Transformers movies, this Autobot is definitely canon. He’s the hero of Transformers: The Ride, which you can experience at Universal Studios theme parks.

(Image Credit: Universal Studios)

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