15 Transformers Who Need to Return in New Energon Universe Continuity

The Transformers are about to make their grand return to comics courtesy of Skybound Entertainment, with an all-new Transformers #1 arriving this October courtesy of writer/artist Daniel Warren Johnson to set up the next era in Cybertronian greatness in the brand-new “Energon Universe” continuity.

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Yet the question remains: which Transformers will be featured in the new series? What we know of the story involves the Autobots having been scattered throughout the galaxy following a catastrophic battle with the Decepticons on Cybertron. The Autobot/Decepticon war will begin anew as the Cybertronians find themselves stranded on planet Earth, but who will be the major players? Franchise mainstays like Optimus Prime, Arcee, and Soundwave have already been confirmed as returning, and others such as Decepticon leader Megatron are all but guaranteed to make an appearance, but there are hundreds of great characters to choose from in the franchise. In anticipation of the new Energon Universe continuity, here are 15 Transformers who need to return.

15 Ultra Magnus

The Ultra Magnus robot in an attack pose in Trasnformers

The would-be successor to the Matrix of Leadership, Ultra Magnus couldn’t quite cut the mustard when it came to leading the Autobots. He still proved himself a valuable ally, becoming second-in-command to new leader Rodimus Prime and offering advice and counsel to the young Autobot whenever he needed it. Ultra Magnus is an old soldier at heart, much preferring to follow orders as opposed to giving them, but he remains one of the most formidable fighters in the Autobot ranks.

14 Omega Supreme

Omega Supreme in Transformers

The last of the ancestral Guardian Robots of Cybertron, Omega Supreme is one of the most powerful Transformers around. With an alternate mode consisting of a rocket base and tank combo, he’s also one of the biggest. Omega Supreme is often the last line of defense for the Autobots, able to hold off multiple opponents at a time. His alternate mode also acts as nifty interplanetary transport for his fellow Autobots, making him a must-see for the new Skybound series.

13 Optimus Primal

Optimus Primal in Beast Wars

Beast Wars kept the Transformers franchise alive in the 1990s, so it would make sense to have the leader of the heroic Maximals make an appearance in the Energon Universe. Optimus Primal not only lives up to his Autobot namesake in power and fighting prowess but in sheer bravery. Starting out as the captain of a low-class starship, Primal found himself embroiled in the greatest conflict of his life when he followed a fugitive band of Predacons through a time warp to primitive Earth. Given that Optimus Primal and his fellow Maximals recently made the jump to the big screen, hopefully, they’ll make an appearance in the new comics, as well.

12 Scourge

Scourge in Transformers: The Movie.

Created by Unicron from the remains of the fallen Decepticon Thundercracker, Scourge is a deadly hunter and tracker. Acting as the leader of his fellow hunter/tracker Decepticons known as the Sweeps, Scourge is a vicious foe to the Autobots. In his first appearance in Transformers: The Movie, Scourge and his Sweeps tracked down and defeated Ultra Magnus, ultimately dismembering him in the process, solidifying his villainy for all time.

11 Ironhide

Ironhide from Transformers IDW comics

As one of the classic G1 lineup, it can’t be too long before the Autobot Ironhide shows up in the Energon Universe. Gruff, ornery, and loyal to a fault, Ironhide has traditionally been one of the toughest warriors in Optimus Prime’s stable. With his Texan drawl and rough’n’tumble disposition, Ironhide easily fits the bill of “Old West” gunslinger to the Autobots, but he also has shown a great sense of humor and lust for life, making him a valuable ally to have in the trenches of the Cybertronian War.

10 Shockwave

Shockwave from Transformers IDW comics

Logic and reason rule every thought and action for the Decepticon Shockwave, who doesn’t make any decisions before first running through every computation he can to determine the best outcome. Sometimes portrayed as even more powerful that Megatron himself, Shockwave was left behind to serve as Guardian of Cybertron in the Decepticon leader’s absence, where he effectively held the Autobot resistance at bay. Considering most of the action in the new Transformers series seems to be set on Earth, we may not get to see much of Shockwave, but hopefully he’ll make an appearance in the new continuity eventually.

9 Blitzwing

Blitzwing from the Transformers comics

Imagine a fighter jet approaching a battlefield at Mach-1, only to then quickly transform into a heavy-duty tank at the last second to quickly dispatch enemy forces, and you might have some idea of what it’s like to go up against Blitzwing. As one of the first Triple Changers, Blitzwing has mastered land and air, making him one of the most formidable Decepticons around. In addition to his formidable transformations, Blitzwing’s dark sense of humor makes him an even more frightening foe, as even his fellow Decepticons find his laughter on the battlefield unsettling.

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8 Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime

Hot Rod from Transformers IDW comics

No one expected the inexperienced Hot Rod to take Optimus Prime’s place as leader of the Autobots, but the young Transformer rose to the occasion once he was selected by the Matrix of Leadership. He has the hotheaded temperament of youth, and will often leap before he looks, but Hot Rod ably filled in as Rodimus Prime for Optimus while the Autobot leader was dead for a time. We don’t want to see Optimus dispatched so quickly in the new series, but surely there’s room for a courageous speed demon in the new Autobot line-up.

7 Elita-1

As one of the key resistance leaders on Cybertron against the Decepticons, Elita-1 is very much the female counterpart to Optimus Prime. In addition to being a natural leader and formidable warrior, Elita-1 stayed behind on Cybertron to retake control from the Decepticons while Prime went out to search the galaxy for more Energon. Elita would be a great addition to what has traditionally been a very male-dominated franchise, and the romantic tension between her and Optimus would make for an engaging storyline in the new series.

6 Fortress Maximus

Fortress Maximus Transformers Generation 1

At one time the biggest Transformer available at mass market retail, Fortress Maximus has been seared into the minds of fans ever since they yearned to get their hands on that almost two-foot-tall robot when they were kids. With the ability to transform into a literal fortress, Maximus is a valuable ally to the Autobots, if they can convince the tired, old pacifist to rejoin the conflict once more. Ultimately, Fortress Maximus’ deep code of honor finds him taking the fight to the Decepticons unfortunate enough to cross him, so hopefully he can be coaxed into action once more in the Energon Universe.

5 Scorponok

scorponok

As one of the largest Decepticons of all time, Scorponok is rivaled only by his eternal arch-rival Fortress Maximus on the Autobot side. In his alternate mode as a giant scorpion, Scorponok is bristling with heavy weaponry, in addition to his electro-stinger tail and massive claws. In addition to all that brute strength, Scorponok is also a devious battlefield tactician, one who could easily rival Megatron for control of the Decepticons.

4 Devastator/The Constructicons

Devastator

As the very first Combiner robot, it surely won’t be too long before we see the Constructicons and their merged form Devastator appear in the Energon Universe. True to his name, the combined form of the Constructicons is a truly devastating enemy, often given to bouts of barely-controlled rage in the heat of battle. Hopefully, unlike his G1 toy, Devastator won’t come crashing down in a pile of metal and plastic at the slightest touch in the new series.

3 Grimlock and the Dinobots

Grimlock

Is there anything more cool than dinosaurs that transform into giant robots? We didn’t think so, and that’s precisely why Grimlock and his fellow Dinobots have to make an appearance at some point in the new Energon Universe. Transformers fans everywhere went crazy when the Dinobots were released in 1985, and it’s easy to see why. If Grimlock’s fire-breathing T-Rex mode isn’t enough to deal with his enemies, he can always transform into a giant robot with an energy sword and double-barreled laser cannon. Let’s be honest: it would be criminal if Grimlock and his Dinobots don’t appear in at least one panel of the new Transformers series.

2 The Fallen (Megatronus Prime)

The Fallen Megatronus Prime

As one of the 13 original Primes created by the divine Primus at the dawn of time, Megatronus was eventually corrupted by Unicron once he discovered the tantalizing power of destruction as opposed to creation. After being cast out by Primus, he was referred to thereafter as The Fallen. Essentially a demigod, The Fallen is one of the most powerful beings in existence, and the inspiration from which Megatron takes his name. Appearing as a being constantly on fire in his earliest appearances, The Fallen makes for a terrifying visual and would be the perfect threat for the Autobots to face off against in the new series.

1 Unicron

Unicron in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.

When it comes to sheer size, Unicron can’t be beaten, considering his alternate mode is a literal planet. As the twin brother of Primus, Unicron is essentially the Satan of the Transformers franchise, the ultimate evil in all the universe that is bent on devouring everything in existence. Unicron has been the ultimate foe of the franchise since he made his debut in Transformers: The Movie, so it’s only a matter of time before he comes into play and starts devouring planets whole in the Energon Universe.

Whether any of the above charactersappear in the new series, we’re still excited to see what Daniel Warren Johnson and Skybound have in store for fans when Transformers #1 hits the shelves this October.

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