|Real name||Rafael Jorge Gonzales Esquivel|
|First appearance||Darkness Rising, Part 1|
|Voiced by||Andy Pessoa|
Rafael Jorge Gonzales Esquivel, or what his friends call him "Raf", is a very intelligent 12-year-old boy that knows how to hack into any technology, which usually comes in handy. Bumblebee is Raf's guardian and best friend. Raf is very smart, and he is the youngest of the 3 kids who are official members of Team Prime. Raf enjoys playing video games and hanging out with his friends. When the team needs help, Raf tries to be there to help them out. Raf is the least shown and concentrated on of the 3 human allies of the Autobots as well as the most emotionally gentle and least associated in physical or direct contact with Decepticons.
Rafael has a big family, who made a cameo on a picture in Raf's phone in Out of his head. Rafael was born along with his siblings, which he often feels like the smallest member in his family. Raf is very intelligent when it comes to computer skills, since he had revealed he understood digital code when he was three. Raf's origin is hispanic, as it was revealed in The Human Factor since his full name was given out as well as his mother's accent.
In Darkness Rising, Part 1, Raf was seen driving his little toy car near a unfinished highway. Raf's mom called him and asked where he was. Raf told her that he was going home in a few minutes. Suddenly a kid named Jack was riding a motorcycle and landed near Raf. Raf was surprised and Jack told him that he had no idea. Two vehicles appeared and transformed into robot soldiers near them. Jacky's motorcycle transformed into a girl robot, named Arcee. Arcee fought the two robots, known as Decepticons. Another car appeared and transformed into a yellow robot named Bumblebee. Bumblebee helped Arcee fight the two soldiers and helped Jack and Raf escape unharmed. Later, Raf was brought to the Autobot base with Jack and a girl named Miko. They met Optimus Prime, who explained to them who they were. Optimus told them that they are called Autobots and they were fighting a war on their home world called Cybertron.
In Darkness Rising, Part 2 Optimus was still talking to the humans about them knowing the Autobots and that they must stay away from the Decepticons whenever they see them. Raf was there when Agent Fowler came into the base. The kids hide from sight while Fowler talks with the team.
Raf was accepted in the team and works with them after the events in Darkness Rising, Part 5.
In Masters and Students, Jack, Miko and Raf was working on his project for school with Bumblebee. Ratchet offered to help out and ended up doing the children's projects for them despite the kids trying to help.
In Scrapheap, Rafael was the first to see a Scraplet. The Scraplet acted like a pet puppy who became affectionate towards Raf. However, he was forced to kill it when it tried to eat Bumblebee. His role in the episode later became helpful.
In Deus Ex Machina, Raf helped out the other humans and the Autobots in getting the artifact in the museum.
Rafael was able to tell that Bumblebee entered what appears to be a replica of the Decepticon capital Kaon back on Cybertron in Sick Mind. He later pursued Bumblebee when his mind got taken over by Megatron in Out of His Head.
Raf made a cameo in the ending of Crisscross.
In Metal Attraction, Raf rode in Bulkhead with Miko to the base and stayed with Ratchet, Jack, and June.
In Stronger, Faster, Raf was surprised that Ratchet was working on the Synthetic Energon formula and when Ratchet went to back up Arcee. He was also suprised when Ratchet came back to pick him up and gently put him back.
In One Shall Fall, Raf replaced a photo of Bumblebee on the internet with a funny cat image, which made Ratchet laugh. Later while riding in Bumblebee, Raf was injured by Megatron when the latter shot at Bumblebee's systems, knocking Rafael out cold. Rafael was brought back to the base by Arcee and Bumblebee where he was quickly operated on by Ratchet and June when she had arrived to help out. Rafael was in critical condition but he was soon healed by Ratchet. As his pulse stablizied, Raf saw Bee and Miko hugged Raf in their success.
In One Shall Rise, Part 1, Raf was recovering from his injuries and said hello to Optimus when he came in. Raf was shocked when he discovered that Unicron is inside Earth.
In One Shall Rise, Part 2, Raf showed his rage on Megatron when Megatron came in the base and was held back by Jack.
In One Shall Rise, Part 3, Raf was there to listen to Ratchet's story and when Bulkhead, Bumblebee, and Arcee came back without Optimus.
In Orion Pax, Part 1, Raf saw Ratchet working on the Ground bridge and he was there when Jack told the others about his plan for getting Optimus back.
In Orion Pax, Part 2, Raf used one of his toy cars to help Ratchet with the Ground bridge and later he was there to see Jack take off for Cybertron, which he asked Jack to bring him back a souvenir. Raf and Miko gave each other a high five when Jack reported to the others that he and Arcee made it to Cybertron.
In Orion Pax, Part 3, when Optimus entered the base with the other Autobots and Jack, Rafael questioned Optimus and Optimus kindly said "Hello Rafael" to Raf, which made Raf happy that Optimus remembered him and the others.
In Operation: Bumblebee, Part 1, Raf was thrilled when Bumblebee brought back a relic but he was sad that Bumblebee lost his T-Cog to MECH. Ratchet had picked up Rafael from school and Raf listened to Ratchet's story about how Bumblebee lost his voice.
In Operation: Bumblebee, Part 2, Raf tried to cheer Bumblebee up and he was thrilled when Bee got his T-cog back, thanks to Ratchet who fixed it.
In Nemesis Prime, Raf was there when Optimus was framed.
In Flying Mind, Raf helped out with Jack and Miko to stop the Nemesis.
In Triage, Raf helped Ratchet with downloading the Iacon database from Laserbeak. Raf was there when Bulkhead came flying in with a severe injury.
In Toxicity, Raf and Bulkhead told Miko and Bumblebee to look after their opposite partners before Raf stayed at the base and when Bulkhead flew in the base injured.
In Hurt, Raf made another cameo to see Ratchet working on Bulkhead.
In New Recruit, Raf deleted a photo of Bumblebee from the Internet and met Smokescreen.
Raf was grounded by his mom for flunking a couple of tests which prevented him from going to the base in The Human Factor. Agent Fowler, Miko, and Jack groundbridge themselves to Raf's room where Fowler convinced Raf to help them. When Fowler had to use the bathroom, Raf complains to Agent Fowler that he is so frightened by his mother's stern eye on him that he doesn't even trust Fowler's agent tactic skills in sneaking through the house without Raf's mom noticing. Raf then hacked into and re-routed CYLAS's Project Damocles from causing destruction towards both Autobots and Fowler, Jack, Miko and himself. His mom heard his friends talking and they quickly positioned into a "study group" all holding the same type of book sitting on the floor as Raf's mom comes into his room.
In Legacy, Arcee revealed that Agent Folwer helped Rafael and his parents relocate to another home.
In Regeneration, Raf was there when the Autobots were thinking about going back to Cybertron. Raf, Miko and Jack were captured by Decepticons as bait to exchange the Omega Keys from the Autobots.
In Darkest Hour, Raf was safely exchange by Bumblebee from Soundwave. Raf left with Bee when the team splits up to leave the base.
In Darkmount, NV, Bee was given a new paint job by Raf.
In Scattered, Raf and Bumblebee found Ratchet in a junkyard but Raf was unable to convince Ratchet to come along. However, Ratchet worked with Bee in the Harbinger with Raf and gave a smile at Raf.
In Prey, Jack and Miko hugged Raf when they reunited with him and the other Autobots, along with Ultra Magnus.
In Rebellion, Raf helped Team Prime infiltrate Darkmount and they reunited with Optimus and Smokescreen in a new base.
In Project Predacon, Raf ground bridged Ultra Magnus and Wheeljack back to the new base. Raf fell asleep with Jack and Miko while the others worked.
In Plus One, Raf ground bridged Wheeljack back to the base and hanged out with Jack in some parts of the episode.
Raf, Miko and Jack saw as Ratchet was repairing Ultra Magnus' right damaged hand in Minus One. When Soundwave was captured, Miko, Jack, Agent Fowler and Raf speculate on Soundwave being in the base.
Rafael noted that he has learned a lot about decoding and mechanics from Ratchet in Persuasion. He quoted, "Miko, I need that!" when Miko apparently broke a wire connected to their mission. Raf worked with Wheeljack in making Chip.
In Synthesis, Raf and Wheeljack launched Chip with Optimus following it to the Decepticon warship. Raf cheered when Ratchet contacted the base.
In Deadlock, Raf was surprised when Bumblebee got his voice back and he was sad when Bumblebee and the other Autobots left for Cybertron. Raf was there to see Optimus give a last glance at the humans.
- "Leave him alone!" (Darkness Rising, Part 1)
- "Thank you."
- "Proximity sensors." (Darkness Rising, Part 2)
- "Uh keyboard." (Darkness Rising Part 3)
- "Shouldn't I be doing the work?" (Masters and Students)
- "The Autobots never said anything about pets." (Scrapheap)
- "Which one is the real Wheeljack?" (Con Job)
- "It's Soundwave." (Deus Ex Machina)
- "Miko is correct. We do not know." (Speed Metal)
- "He said thanks." (Out of His Head)
- "Jack my glasses!" (Shadowzone)
- "Hey Ratchet. Is that Synthetic Energon?" (Stronger, Faster)
- "Bee.." (One Shall Fall)
- "The blood of Unicron!" (One Shall Rise, Part 1)
- "You!!!" (One Shall Rise, Part 2)
- "Megatron was an Autobot?" (One Shall Rise, Part 3)
- "You know there's this thing in gym class where you have to climb a rope. All the way to the ceiling. It's really hard and I've never been able to do it. But when I told Bee about it, he believed in me, which made me practice a ton. Finally just a couple of weeks ago, I made it to the top." (Orion Pax, Part 2)
- "Optimus?" (Orion Pax, Part 3)
- "Hey Bee wanna play a video game?" (Operation: Bumblebee, Part 1)
- "Just drive." (Operation: Bumblebee, Part 2)
- "But they're innocent!" ( Nemesis Prime)
- "It's a turkey stuffed in a duck stuffed in a - never mind." (Triage)
- "Removing Bumblebee and replacing him with *tap dancing monkey*" (New Recruit)
- "Study group." (The Human Factor)
- "Too close. But your paint job did the trick." (Darkmount, NV)
- "There is no one else Ratchet. Just us, just the team." (Scattered)
- "Miko! I needed that!!!" (Persuasion)
- "Bee!?" (Deadlock)
- "I know Bee. You don't have to say anything."
Raf's mother loves and cares for her son. She is strict and very protective of Raf in both his school work and normal life. Raf loves and cares about his mother as well, which he knows that she is not so easy to get pass by even with ninja or any form of secret capabilities.
Pilar Esquivel (older sister)
Pilar Esquivel is Raf's older sister. While she is only mentioned and revealed in a photo by Raf who showed it to Ratchet, Raf revealed to a powered down Bumblebee that she questioned on how Raf became so good at racing games. Raf had told her that he knew " a guy who knows racing games", which was Bumblebee.
Bumblebee is Raf's partner, Autobot guardian, and best friend. They would hang out and play video games when they are not busy. Raf was the only human who understood what Bumblebee said when his voice box was damaged. In One Shall Fall, Bumblebee was deeply hurt that Raf was injured by Megatron. This showed that Bumblebee cares for Raf and even saved Raf's life by sacrificing some of his Energon for Ratchet to cure Raf. When Raf was cured, Bumblebee was relived that his partner was alright. In One Shall Rise, Part 1, Bumblebee saved June and Raf's lives from a tornado, which they were both thankful for. In Operation: Bumblebee, Part 1, Raf tried his best to cheer up Bumblebee when he lost his T-cog. In Operation: Bumblebee, Part 2, Raf was thrilled when Bumblebee got his T-cog back from M.E.C.H.. In Darkest Hour, Bumblebee traded his omega key to Soundwave in exchange for Rafael and later on, Raf escaped with Bumblebee. In Darkmount, NV, Rafael gave Bee a paint job to avoid detection from Decepticons. Eventually they met up with the rest of the team members in a new base. In Deadlock, Raf was surprised that Bee got his voice back. When Raf and Bee shared their last moments, Raf told Bee he didn't have to say anything. Bee told Raf that he never did. They both shared a tender smile at one another.
Ratchet was not fond of Rafael at first. After some time, Ratchet was use to hanging with Rafael. They would talk on occasions or are seen to help out in certain situations. In One Shall Fall, Ratchet told Optimus that he needed Rafael when he was injured by Megatron. Ratchet was able to find a cure for his impaired little friend and it saved Rafael. In Operation: Bumblebee, Part 1, when Bumblebee was left unable to transform, Ratchet volunteered to pick up Raf from school. He even asked Raf is he wanted to ride with siren on and Raf kindly rejected his offer. In Triage, Ratchet needed Rafael to download the Iacon database into the Autobot computer. He commended Rafael for helping out and thanked Raf in the end. In Scattered, Ratchet and Rafael argued about losing the base and being separated from the others. However, Ratchet followed Bumblebee and Raf to the harbinger where he helped them and gave a smile to Raf. It was revealed in Persuasion that Raf learned some Cybertronian language from Ratchet. Ratchet and Rafael are teammates and friends who care and respect each other.
Optimus and Raf are good friends. They rarely interact but when Raf was injured by Megatron in One Shall Fall, Optimus vowed to take down Megatron. This would show that Optimus cares about Raf. When Raf was healed by Ratchet, Optimus was glad to see Raf was okay in One Shall Rise, Part 1. In Orion Pax, Part 3, Raf questioned if Optimus was back to normal and Optimus replied by stating "Hello Rafael". Raf was happy to see Optimus back and in Rebellion where Optimus was upgraded in a new body. Raf looks up to Optimus and Optimus appears to be like a role model/friend to Raf.
Raf interacts with Bulkhead in some cases. In Sick Mind, Bulkhead told Raf that Bee is the best scout there is. In One Shall Fall, Bulkhead appeared to be deeply sad when Raf was injured by Megatron and he was happy when Raf was cured by Ratchet. Bulkhead is a friend to Raf who cares about him and ensures he is kept safe.
While Raf barely interacted with Wheeljack they both seem to get along well as friends. In Persuasion, Wheeljack and Raf worked on building Chip, though while constructing the device, Wheeljack told Raf to not worry while they soon were successful in creating Chip.
Raf interacts the least with Arcee. In Darkness Rising, Part 4, Arcee saved both Jack and Raf from falling. In Scrapheap, Arcee appeared to be sad that Raf couldn't come with her and Optimus to the Arctic but was happy when Optimus promised to bring Raf a snowball, which made Raf excited. In One Shall Fall, Arcee carried Raf after he was injured by Megatron. She held him gently and was relieved when Raf was cured by Ratchet. Arcee appears to be like an older sister figure to Raf (with the fact that Raf actually has an older sister), since he is younger than both Jack and Miko.
Raf met Jack in Darkness Rising, Part 1. After the events in Darkness Rising, Part 5, Raf became friends with Jack. They interact by playing video games or doing other form of activities with their Autobot partners. In One Shall Fall, Jack was shocked and worried when Raf was injured by Megatron. Ratchet was able to heal Raf and Jack was relieved. In The Human Factor, Jack went to Raf's home where Raf helped him, Miko, and Agent Fowler take down Project Damocles and they covered their tracks when Raf's mom came into his room by forming a study group as they took out books. In Prey, Jack reunited with Raf by handshaking and hug him. Jack appears to be like an older brother figure to Raf.
Raf met with Miko in Darkness Rising, Part 1. After the events in Darkness Rising, Part 5, Raf became friends with Miko. In One Shall Fall, Miko was devastated when Raf was injured by Megatron and was relieved when Raf was cured by Ratchet as she hugged him around his head. In The Human Factor, Miko went to Raf's home where Raf helped him, Jack, and Agent Fowler detroy Project Damocles and they covered their tracks when Raf's mother came into his room. They formed a study group as Raf explained to his mom. In Prey, Miko reunited with Raf as she happily lifted him off the ground into a hug. Miko appears to be like a sister figure to Raf.
Raf interacts the least with Agent Fowler. In The Human Factor, Agent Fowler takes Jack and Miko with him to Raf's home where Fowler convinced Raf to help destroy Project Damocles. It worked but their celebration caused Raf's mother to come into the room where they formed a study group as Raf told his mother. Agent Fowler appears to be another human adult figure to Raf who ensures his protection, safety and security.
Raf met with June (Jack's mother) when Jack brought her to the base to meet the team. When Raf was injured by Megatron, June was called and worked the best she could to help Raf. She was relieved when Raf was cured by Ratchet. In Prey, Raf reunited with June as he was pulled in by Jack to hug her, which he in returned hugged her back. June cares for Raf and acts like another mother figure to him.
Raf saw Megatron revive himself using Bumblebee's body as a temporary vessel in Out of His Head. In One Shall Fall, Megatron nearly killed Rafael when he blasted Bumblebee's systems in his vehicle mode with Rafael inside. It made Rafael very weak and close to dying as Ratchet and June operated on him. However, Ratchet was able to cure Raf with some of Bumbelbee's energon and Raf's pulse was stabilized. In One Shall Rise, Part 2, when Megatron entered the base, Rafael looked indignant at Megatron as he ran to confront him. Megatron jokes around about Raf and humans being resilient. In Deadlock, Raf was contented when Megatron was killed.
While Raf would encounter Soundwave in some cases, Raf seems to be frighten when he does. In Darkest Hour, when Jack stated the humans would gladly sacrifice their lives for their Autobot friends, Raf turned to Soundwave as he shook his head at the emotionless Decepticon. Bumblebee traded his Omega Key to Soundwave in exchange for Raf. Raf got his revenge when he trapped Soundwave in the Shadowzone in Deadlock.
- The TV series never explained on how Raf was able to understand Bumblebee when Bumblebee was only able to communicate through sounds but regained his voice in the series finale.
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