Cyclonus was created by Unicron from the dead bodies of Bombshell or Skywarp.
The leader of the Autobots in their war against the Decepticons, Optimus Prime is a noble robot that believes freedom is the right of all sentient beings. He has fallen many times over the course of his different incarnations, but always returns in the Autobots' darkest hour. He truly believes that true peace may never occur until "All Are One". He has had several alternate modes throughout his many different incarnations, but is most renowned for his earliest transformation into a semi-truck.
One of Optimus Prime's most trusted Autobots and military strategist.
The City Commander and second-in-command of the Autobot army, Ultra Magnus is more comfortable in his role as a soldier than a leader.
Galvatron led the Decepticons during the first Cybertonian Civil War. He is known as the Mad Ancient by the current Transformers.
A former scientist and pacifist, Jetfire joined the Autobots after seeing the brutality and violence of his former friend Starscream and the Decepticons.
Aggressive, excitable Autobot tank that speaks in onomatopoeia. He appears to have a case of Tourette's Syndrome, an ironic case considering his being a tank.
Hound is one of the Autobot's primary scouts, and an Autobot particularly interested in Earth and humans. Master of holographic projections.
Nightbeat is a detective among the Autobots with an insatiable hunger for uncovering mysteries and conspiracies. He often operates as a lone agent.
Sideswipe is an Autobot warrior and the twin brother of Sunstreaker.
One of the few female Autobots, though rarely a damsel in distress. Arcee is an expert in hand-to-hand combat and one of the best sharpshooters on record.
Fortress Maximus is the leader of the Autobot Headmasters. He transforms into an Autobot city and base.
Thunderwing was a Decepticon scientist who tried to warn both sides of the terrible effects of the civil war. He's responsible for the destruction of Cybertron.
Grindcore was among the crew aboard the Ark who was thought lost but was absorbed by the Dead Universe.
Hardhead is a heavily armored and armed Autobot. In IDW continuity, he is a tough soldier willing to do whatever dirty deeds are necessary to clean up a mess. He willingly condemned himself to the Dead Universe rather than surrender.
Skram is an Autobot who first appeared in the early 1990's Transformers: Generation 2 toy series, as one of the new Autobot cars, alongside new characters Turbofire, Rapido, and Windbreaker. He has appeared as a supporting character mainly in the IDW Publishing series The Transformers: Spotlight.
Road Rocket is an Autobot.
Nova Prime was the predecessor to Nominus Prime as the leader of the Autobots.
Jhiaxus was Nova Prime's right hand as scientist and strategist.
Straxus is a Decepticon warlord who ruled over most of Cybertron from his citadel known as Darkmount. He transforms into a mobile cannon and carries a powerful energy axe.
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