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"The name was meant to demonize us. Instead, we wear it as a badge of honor, for if speaking the truth is deception, then we are gladly guilty."
Megatron explaining the origins of the Decepticons' namesake to an amnesiac Orion Pax.
The Decepticons are a group of Cybertronians whose original goal was to get rid of the infamous Caste System on Cybertron and return to the empire-building, space faring ways of their ancestors. The name of "Decepticon" came from pre-war propaganda by the Autobot High Council labeled that them as liars and thieves. They took the name as a badge of honor instead. In their minds and Megatron's words, "if speaking the truth [was] deception, then [they were] gladly guilty".

In the Great War and long after, they were opposed by the Autobots. Occasionally, both sides would put aside their differences for mutual threats only to resume fighting later.

History

Beginnings

When the original Thirteen Primes helped their creator Primus defeat his evil twin brother and rival Unicron, conflicts fueled by discord slowly spread among their ranks as time went on after the Chaos-Bringer's defeat. Tensions ultimately reached a breaking point during the War of the Primes when Megatronus Prime and his brethren got into a fight that resulted in the death of Megatronus' lover and fellow Prime Solus Prime when she was hit with a blast from her own creation and one of the ancient artifacts of the Primes called the Requiem Blaster, an action that resulted in the creation of the Well of Allsparks from Solus' lifeless body and Megatronus earning the titles of "The Fallen" and the "First Decepticon", something that would live on in Cybertronian history even after the remaining Primes banished him to a different dimension.

Transformers: Prime

The Decepticons were a Kaonian movement started by a miner named Megatron to bring forth a new world order on Cybertron with him as their leader. The majority of the Decepticons were originally low-ranking members of society such as miners and gladiators but some were members of higher castes craving more power such as Ratbat. They held similar goals to the Iaconian movement of the Autobots but differed on how to obtain them. When Megatron was ultimately denied the Matrix of Leadership and rank of Prime, he ordered his followers to fight and take over Cybertron by force. During the war, their noble ideals quickly became corrupted and they became almost completely amoral, willing to seize power by any means available. This led them to them using Dark Energon causing the Core of Cybertron to shut down. Like the Autobots, the Decepticons took to the stars continuing their war across the galaxy.

After Bumblebee killed Megatron, the Decepticons were left in complete disarray. Right after the final defeat of a resurfaced Unicron, Megatron disbanded the Decepticons' cause and exiled himself, retreating to parts unknown. Starscream attempted to rebuild the Decepticon cause, though he was quickly stopped when confronted by the three Predacons.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Steeljaw's Pack

The symbol Steeljaw used for his pack.

Despite their break up by the reformed Megatron, some Decepticons still chose to continue with their villainous cause, notably Steeljaw, who sought to reunite the Decepticons who would later be under his command on Earth. A number of Decepticons were also imprisoned aboard the Alchemor and escaped after Megatronus caused it to crash-land on Earth. The Decepticons of post-war Cybertron seem to be more or less represented by criminals and other Cybertronian lowlifes rather than former warriors of the original faction.

Recruitment History

The earliest Decepticon members were gladiators such as Blackout, Lugnut, Drixco and Barricade. Shockwave was a scientist who joined the Decepticons and served as Megatron's chief scientist and one of his many second-in-commands. Soundwave and his Mini-Con deployers Laserbeak, Ravage, Rumble and Frenzy were also among the first modern Decepticons. During the Great War, Breakdown, Knock Out, Airachnid, Makeshift, Headstrong, Rampage, Tantrum and many others all joined the faction. Axer left Cybertron shortly after Orion Pax was said to be a Prime by the High Council, but sort of joined them when the Nemesis arrived at the planet Junkion. For the early years of the Great War, Starscream had close association with the Decepticons, but did not officially join them. He spent most of his time on the Trypticon Station or one of the Moon Bases with his army of loyal Seekers keeping an eye on the Dark Energon stored there. He did not fully commit to their ranks until Megatron led an attack on his neutral forces on the Trypticon Station to get the Dark Energon during the events of Transformers: War for Cybertron. Trypticon was also given life by Shockwave shortly after and Starscream was later promoted to the position of second-in-command of all Decepticon forces. Ratbat and Contrail joined the Decepticons when the High Council nominated Orion Pax as the next Prime. The Combaticons and Constructicons were built before the War for Cybertron events. The Insecticons joined the Decepticons during Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, some time before Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. As mentioned above, the later Decepticons of the post-war era on Cybertron, and ultimately in the universe, appear to be simply composed of common crooks and thugs rather than disciplined and well-trained warriors.

List of Notable Decepticons

Combaticons

Constructicons

  • Devastator - Combined Form, Warrior (Last seen on Cybertron)
    • Scavenger - Miner, Salvager (Last seen on Cybertron)
    • Scrapper - Constructicon Leader, Construction Engineer (Last seen on Cybertron)
    • Hook - Surgical Engineer (Last seen on Cybertron)
    • Long - Transporter (Last seen on Cybertron)
    • Bonecrusher - Demolitions Expert (Last seen on Cybertron)
    • Mixmaster - Materials Fabricator (Last seen on Cybertron)
    • Frontloader - Soldier, Warrior (Last seen on Cybertron)
  • Drivetrain - Patriarch, Former Autobot High Council Member (Defected from Autobot High Council, Last seen on Cybertron)

Nemesis Crew

  • D-16/Megatronus/Megatron - Gladiator, Warrior, Dictator, Former Leader (Online, Killed by Bumblebee, Revived by Unicron, Abandoned cause and went into self-imposed exile)
  • Soundwave - Communications Officer, Spymaster, Former Autobot High Council Member (Online, Defected from Autobot High Council, Survived Great War, Trapped in and escaped from Shadowzone, Arrested by Bee Team and returned to Cybertron by Optimus Prime)
    • Rumble - Mini-Con Deployer (Last seen on Nemesis before Earthfall)
    • Frenzy - Mini-Con Deployer (Last seen on Nemesis before Earthfall)
    • Ravage - Mini-Con Deployer (Last seen on Nemesis before Earthfall)
    • Laserbeak - Mini-Con Deployer (Online, Survived Great War, Trapped in and escaped from Shadowzone, Arrested by Bee Team and returned to Cybertron by Optimus Prime)
    • Buzzsaw - Mini-Con Deployer (Toyline Character)
  • Lugnut - Soldier, Warrior (Last seen before Earthfall)
  • 777/Makeshift - Shifter, Spy, Infiltrator, Impersonator, Master of Disguise (Offline, Killed by Wheeljack)
  • Headstrong - Soldier, Warrior (Last seen before Earthfall)
  • Rampage - Soldier, Warrior (Last seen before Earthfall)
  • Retribution Tantrum - Soldier, Warrior (Last seen before Earthfall)
  • Seekers
    • Starscream - Former Air Commander, Former First Lieutenant, Commander and Second-in-Command, Rogue (Online, Survived Great War, Last seen on Cybertron, Came to Earth to retrieve Weaponizer Mini-Cons, Arrested by Bee Team and sent back to Cybertron by Optimus Prime)
      • Starscream clones - (Offline, One killed by Bulkhead, Three killed by Megatron, One killed and used as decoy by real Starscream)
    • Thundercracker - Scientist (Offline)
    • Skywarp - Scout (Offline)
    • Thrust - Soldier, Warrior (Last seen before Earthfall)
    • Dirge - Soldier, Warrior (Last seen before Earthfall)
    • Ramjet - Soldier, Warrior (Offline)
    • Exodus Slipstream - Soldier, Warrior, Stalker (Possibly survived Great War, Last seen on Junkion when it exploded)
    • Hotlink - Mechatronic Engineer (Offline)
  • Shockwave - Scientist, Former First Lieutenant, Commander and Second-in-Command, Former Guardian of Cybertron (Online, Joined Nemesis Crew after Earthfall, Survived Great War, Last seen on Cybertron)
  • Airachnid - Assassin, Hunter, Interrogator, Former First Lieutenant, Commander and Second-in-Command, Possible Arachnicon and Insecticon, Rogue, Hive Queen (Presumably offline, Joined Nemesis Crew, Last seen on one of Cybertron's moons as Terrorcon vampire)
  • Knock Out - Medic, Mad Scientist (Online, Confirmed Nemesis Crew Member after Earthfall, Survived Great War, Defected to Team Prime, Last seen on Cybertron)
  • Breakdown - Scout, Soldier, Warrior, Possible Stunticon (Offline, Confirmed Nemesis Crew member after Earthfall, Killed by Airachnid, Remains used by MECH)
  • Dreadwing - Seeker Captain, Former First Lieutenant, Commander and Second-in-Command (Offline, Joined Nemesis Crew, Abandoned cause, Killed by Megatron)

Vehicons

Star Seekers

Seacons

Forged

Predacons

Terrorcons (Zombies)

Insecticons

  • Sharpshot - Insecticon Leader, Electronic Warfare Expert (Offline)
  • Hardshell - Soldier, Warrior, Psychological Warfare Expert (Offline, Killed by Miko Nakadai)
  • Bombshock - Soldier, Warrior (Offline)
  • Other Insecticons - (Online or offline, Either captured or killed)

Alchemor Prisoners

  • Decepticon Island Forces
    • Leadership Team
      • Glowstrike - Insecticon, Warrior, Former Leader (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
      • Scorponok - Gladiator, Intimidator, Former Leader (Online, Replaced by RID Steeljaw, Locked up on Alchemor)
      • Saberhorn - Insecticon, Pirate, Former Leader (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Back - Quillfire's Temporary Cyclone Mini-Con Partner (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Forth - Quillfire's Temporary Cyclone Mini-Con Partner (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • RID Bludgeon - Scorponok's Cyclone Mini-Con Partner (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Clout - Scorponok's Cyclone Mini-Con Partner (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Hammer - Bisk's Temporary Cyclone Mini-Con Partner (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Anvil - Bisk's Temporary Cyclone Mini-Con Partner (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Generic Decepticons, including Vehicons and Insecticons (Online, Captured)
  • Steeljaw's Pack
    • RID Steeljaw - Rebel, Subsonics Expert, Pack Leader, Former Decepticon Island Support Leader (Online, Joined Decepticon Island Forces, Arrested by Bee Team and returned to Cybertron aboard Alchemor, On Earth)
    • Underbite - Metal-Devouring Chompazoid (Online, Arrested by Bee Team, Returned to Cybertron aboard Alchemor, In Bee Team custody)
    • Thunderhoof - Former Crime Boss and Mob Leader (Online, Joined Decepticon Island Forces, Returned to Cybertron aboard Alchemor, In Bee Team custody)
    • Minitron - Mind-Controlling Cyber-Tick (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Fracture - Bounty Hunter, Mercenary, Gun-for-Hire (Online, Came to Earth to claim bounty on Bumblebee, Locked up on Alchemor)
      • Airazor - Fracture's Torpedo Mini-Con Partner (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
      • RID Divebomb - Fracture's Torpedo Mini-Con Partner (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Clampdown - Former Information Broker, Skittering Scumbag (Online, Joined Decepticon Island Forces, Returned to Cybertron aboard Alchemor, In Bee Team custody)
    • Overload - Saboteur, Spy, Actor (Online, Survived Great War, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Bisk - Gamer, Thrill Seeker (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Springload - Amphiboid, Relic and Treasure Hunter (Online, Joined Decepticon Island Forces, Arrested by Bee Team, Returned to Cybertron with Optimus Prime)
    • Quillfire - Anarchist, Revolutionary (Online, Joined Decepticon Island Forces, Arrested by Bee Team, Returned to Cybertron aboard Alchemor, In Bee Team custody)
    • Groundpounder - Orangucon, Gladiator, Wrestler (Online, Joined Decepticon Island Forces, Locked up on Alchemor)
  • Cybercomrade Sect/Free Will Faction
    • Overhead - Buffaloid, Cybercomrade Sect Leader with Terrashock Body-Type (Online, Arrested and returned to Cybertron by Team Prime)
    • Clipshade/Spectrosynth - Undercover Autobot Agent, Former Actor (Online, Returned to Autobots when mission was done)
    • Flamefeather - (Online, Arrested and returned to Cybertron by Team Prime)
    • Transit - (Online, Arrested and returned to Cybertron by Team Prime)
    • Spinhead - Conspiracy Theorist (Online, Arrested and returned to Cybertron with Team Prime)
    • Retrofit - (Online, Possibly on Cybertron)
    • Skullcruncher - Croctobot, Hired Muscle (Online, Arrested and returned to Cybertron by Team Prime)
    • Razorgrille - Croctobot, Hired Muscle (Online, Arrested and returned to Cybertron by Team Prime)
  • Ronin
    • Foxtrot - Bounty Hunter, Mercenary, Gun-for-Hire (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Stilts - Bounty Hunter, Mercenary, Gun-for-Hire (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Forager - Bounty Hunter, Mercenary, Gun-for-Hire (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Deadlock/Drift - Bounty Hunter, Mercenary, Gun-for-Hire (Online, Abandoned cause, Defected to Autobots, Came to Earth to claim bounty on Bumblebee, Later joined Bee Team)
  • Crow Brothers
    • Boostwing - Corvicon, Thief (Online, Arrested by Bee Team, Returned to Cybertron with Optimus Prime)
    • Jacknab - Corvicon, Thief (Online, Arrested by Bee Team, Returned to Cybertron with Optimus Prime)
    • Pilfer - Corvicon, Thief (Online, Arrested by Bee Team, Returned to Cybertron by Optimus Prime)
  • Other Prisoners
    • RID Grimlock - Dinobot, Warrior, Former Prisoner (Online, Defected to Bee Team, On Earth)
    • Kickback - Insecticon, Espionage Agent (Online, Joined Decepticon Island Forces, Presumably captured or still at large)
    • Hammerstrike - Sharkticon, Pirate (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Terrashock - Buffaloid, Mob Enforcer (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Chop Shop - Possible Arachnicon and Insecticon, Combined Form, Heist Crew, Thief (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
      • Righty - Mini-Con, Combiner Component, Thief (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Filch - Corvicon, Thief (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Ped - Botworm (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Malodor - Skunkticon Leader (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
      • Malodor's Skunkticons (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Nightstrike - Energon Vampire (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • RID Vertebreak - Mad Scientist, Cybergrafting Expert, Former Cybertronian Science Council Member (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Octopunch - Pirate, Undersea Combatant (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Headlock - Mini-Con, Tutor, Wrestling Coach and Manager (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Scowl - Dinobot, Mob Enforcer (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Zizza - Insecticon, Hive Queen (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Pseudo - Insecticon, Shifter, Spy, Infiltrator, Impersonator, Master of Disguise (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Scratch/"Fancyclaws" - (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Scuzzard - (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Slink - (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Sneak - (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Snitch - (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Polarclaw - Former Crime Boss and Mob Leader with RID Steeljaw Body-Type (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Crazybolt - Drag Racer, Speed Demon, Arsonist (Online, Joined Decepticon Island Forces, Locked up on Alchemor)
      • Slicedice - Crazybolt's Torpedo Mini-Con partner (Online, Joined Decepticon Island Forces, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Razorpaw - Former Crime Boss and Mob Leader, Energon Vampire with Scratch Body-Type (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
      • Swelter - Razorpaw's Torpedo Mini-Con Partner with RID Divebomb Body-Type (Locked up on Alchemor)
      • Glacius - Razorpaw's Torpedo Mini-Con Partner with RID Divebomb Body-Type (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Torpor - Torpedo Mini-Con with Airazor Body-Type (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Simacore - Orangucon, Temperamental Scientist with Groundpounder Body-Type (Online, Escaped stasis cell, Arrested by Bee Team, Returned to Cybertron with Optimus Prime)
      • Theorem - Simacore's Torpedo Mini-Con partner (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
      • Axiom - Simacore's Torpedo Mini-Con partner (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
      • Axiom and Theorem Mini-Clones - Sparkless and Mindless Drones (Offline, Destroyed by Bee Team)
    • Silverhound - Buffaloid, Mob Enforcer with Terrashock Body-Type (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Stockade - Army General (Online, Survived Great War, Locked up on Alchemor)
      • Major Mayhem - Cyclone Mini-Con Army Commander (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
      • Cyclone Mini-Con Army (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • RID Abominus - Survivalist (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Backtrack - Overload's Temporary Cyclone Mini-Con Partner (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • RID Ransack - Overload's Temporary Cyclone Mini-Con Partner (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Bounce - Cyclone Mini-Con, Vandal (Online, Locked up on Alchemor)
    • Crustacion - Shrimpticon, Bank Robber with Ped Body-Type (Online, Arrested by Bee Team, Returned to Cybertron by Optimus Prime)
    • Ragebyte - Sharkticon, Scientist with Hammerstrike Body-Type (Online, Arrested by Bee Team, Returned to Cybertron by Optimus Prime)
    • Zorillor - Skunkticon, Thug (Online, Arrested by Bee Team, Returned to Cybertron by Optimus Prime)
    • Wingcode - Energon Vampire, Malware Spreader with Nightstrike Body-Type (Online, In Bee Team Custody)

Decepticon Scavengers

  • Clawtrap - Scavenger Leader, Relic Hunter with Clampdown Body-Type (Online, Returned to Cybertron by Bee Team)
  • Scatterspike - Relic Hunter with Quillfire Body-Type (Online, Returned to Cybertron by Bee Team)
  • Thermidor - Former Scavenger Leader, Relic Hunter with Bisk Body-Type (Online, Returned to Cybertron by Bee Team)
  • Paralon - Relic Hunter with Scorponok Body-Type (Online, Returned to Cybertron by Bee Team)

Starscream's Mercenaries

  • Shadelock - Bounty Hunter, Mercenary, Gun-for-Hire, Possible Modified Vehicon (Online, Returned to Cybertron by Bee Team)
  • Roughedge - Bounty Hunter, Mercenary, Gun-for-Hire, Possible Autobot Deserter (Online, Returned to Cybertron by Bee Team)
  • Razorhorn - Insecticon, Warrior, Bounty Hunter, Mercenary, Gun-for-Hire (Online, Returned to Cybertron by Bee Team)

Stunticons

  • Menasor - Combined Form, Warrior
    • Motormaster - Stunticon Leader (Online, Survived Great War, Arrested by Bee Team and returned to Cybertron by Optimus Prime)
    • Dragbreak - Combined Form, Warrior
      • Dragstrip - (Online, Survived Great War, Arrested by Bee Team and returned to Cybertron by Optimus Prime)
      • Wildbreak - (Online, Arrested by Bee Team and returned to Cybertron by Optimus Prime)
    • Heatmark - Combined Form, Warrior
      • Heatseeker - (Online, Arrested by Bee Team and returned to Cybertron by Optimus Prime)
      • Slashmark - (Online, Arrested by Bee Team and returned to Cybertron by Optimus Prime)

Post-War Autobot High Council

Other Decepticons

  • Demolisher - Gladiator, Soldier, Warrior (Unlockable DLC Character)
  • Barricade - Gladiator, Soldier, Warrior, Scout (Last seen on Cybertron)
  • Axer - Former Autobot, Bounty Hunter, Mercenary, Gun-for-Hire (Became member of Star Seekers, Last seen interrogated on Nemesis)
  • Thunderwing - Servant and Herald of Unicron (Offline, Temporarily allied with Decepticons, Killed by Optimus Prime)
  • Autoclave - Scientist (Last seen on Cybertron)
  • Drixco - Gladiator, Soldier, Warrior (Offline, Killed by Optimus Prime)
  • Catalycon - Scientist (Offline)
  • TPBH Bludgeon - (Toyline Character)
  • Trypticon Station/Trypticon/Nemesis/Trypticon Prison - Soldier, Warrior, Decepticon Warship (Offline, Permanently became the Nemesis)
  • Seekers
    • Contrail - Seeker, Former Autobot High Council Member (Last seen on Cybertron, Possibly survived Great War)
    • Nacelle - Warrior, Seeker (Last seen on Cybertron)
    • Bitstream - Information Engineer, Seeker (Last seen on Cybertron)
    • Skyquake - Soldier, Warrior, Seeker (Presumably offline, Killed by Bumblebee, Terrorcon trapped in Shadowzone, Possibly killed by Soundwave or destroyed by Unicron's final defeat)
  • Wildrider - Soldier, Warrior, Stunticon (Toyline Character)
  • Dead End - Soldier, Warrior, Stunticon (Last seen on Cybertron)
  • Ratbat - Mini-Con Deployer, Former Autobot High Council Member (Last seen on Cybertron)
  • Exiles Ransack - Velocitronian Leader, Decepticon Sympathizer
  • Hightail - Velocitronian, Decepticon Sympathizer
  • Shadow Raker - Insecticon, Crime Boss and Mob Leader with Saberhorn Body-Type (Online, Arrested by Bee Team, Returned to Cybertron by Optimus Prime)
  • Flamesnort - Soldier, Warrior with Crazybolt Body-Type (Online, Survived Great War, Arrested by Bee Team, Returned to Cybertron by Optimus Prime)

Trivia/Notes

  • The Decepticons show up in most Transformers media as the primary main antagonists. They also show up in the live action movies as the mains antagonists as well.
    • The Decepticons were led by Megatron. In most series, Megatron would die but also come back to life in a new body or his old body.
    • This is the first incarnation in which the faction is truly disbanded.
    • The Autobots are their true enemies.
    • This is the first incarnation of the faction that has generics make up the majority of their army. The main characters in this series mostly act as supervisors, officers and/or commanders.
    • The Decepticons mostly speak English but they can speak the Cybertronian language in their conversations.
    • The Decepticons from Robots In Disguise often have animal themes to either their Robot Modes or Alternate Modes, whereas the Decepticons seen in Prime mostly all had vehicle Alternate Modes and humanoid Robot Modes.
    • Many Decepticons firmly believe that Cybertronians are the greatest and most superior form of life throughout the galaxy. While they leave other mechanical-based races alone to develop as they will, this translates to the cleansing of organic worlds, but they have, however, no qualms about killing any other Cybertronian that stands in their way, especially if they are an Autobot or just neutral.

Gallery

Main Article: Decepticon Gallery

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