|Alias|| Doc (by Wheeljack) |
|First appearance|| Darkness Rising, Part 1 (Prime) |
|Voiced by||Jeffrey Combs (Prime) Fred Tatasciore (Games)|
"I needed that!" - Ratchet's common phrase.
Ratchet is tritagonist, and the resident Autobot medical officer of Team Prime. Ratchet is known as the doctor and scientist of the Autobots. Ratchet usually stays behind at the base to work on some few projects he's currently working on or in case any of the team members get injured. Ratchet wasn't too fond of humans at first, however after working and learning with them, Ratchet grew to become more accepting of them where he remained at the Autobot base to help them. Despite being cranky at times, Ratchet is the best medic and friend to have on the team. Ratchet would do whatever it took to aid his team/family, and deal with any threat that came in their way.
War for Cybertron
During the Decepticons' siege of Iacon, Ratchet was assigned to Optimus, and helped him rescue a courier named Bumblebee, who informed Optimus that with the presumed death of Zeta Prime, the Council was putting him in command. The three of them then headed back to the command center, receiving a message from Jetfire that the Aerialbots were being overwhelmed and needed support. It was decided that the planetary guns, disabled earlier by Megatron's forces, needed to be brought back online. Informing Jetfire that he was taking temporary command, Optimus took Ratchet and Bumblebee with him on the mission, though when Ratchet questioned the "temporary" part, Optimus brushed it aside. When that mission was completed, they decided their next stop was the Decagon, in order to re-establish communications and coordinate Iacon's defense. Hitting serious resistance, including several Decepticon war machines and more than a few damaged lifts which Ratchet puzzled out a way around, they nonetheless prevailed with help from Jetfire and Ironhide, before reaching the Decagon itself, where they encountered the former Autobot Sky Commander, Starscream. They managed to defeat him as well and retook the Decagon. After Optimus was named the new Prime, he went on a mission to free Cybertron's core of Megatron's Dark Energon corruption. In order to do so, however, he needed to open the Omega Gate, which would require freeing Omega Supreme from Decepticon captivity. Omega was still badly damaged from his battle with Megatron's forces, so Optimus called in Ratchet, whom Prime, Warpath, and Ironhide protected during his operation to repair Omega Supreme. After the Omega Gate was opened, Ratchet returned to base with Omega, as field repairs could only do so much. When Trypticon fell to the surface from orbit, Ratchet organized the rescue effort. After Trypticon was defeated, he praised Optimus on his success, but was the price paid was costly - many Autobots were lost, and those remaining were now forced to abandon Cybertron while the planetary Core repaired the damage. Ratchet was one of those who stayed behind with Optimus to resist Megatron's schemes, and to build an Ark to carry them from their home when the time came.
Ratchet was essentially in aiding a badly-damaged Bumblebee following extensive injuries caused by lack of cooperation during an interrogation by the Decepticons' leader, Megatron. Though his efforts proved valiant, Bumblebee was no longer able to speak anymore. Ratchet self-criticized his work on Bumblebee and stated he could have done a better job.
Fall of Cybertron
During the preparations for the Ark's launch, Ratchet worked with Optimus Prime, Perceptor, and the other Autobots to recover the energon necessary for lift-off.
Ratchet went with Arcee, Bumblebee, Bulkhead and Optimus Prime to find Cliffjumper. Arcee found one of Cliff's horns and Optimus asked Ratchet to track Cliff. Ratchet checked and he sees that Cliff's life signal went offline. The team held a little funeral outside of their base. With their lost comrade dead, Ratchet told Optimus that protecting humans would only cause more casualties when Arcee drove off. Optimus said his opinion is noted.
When the humans arrived at the base, Ratchet didn't take it too well. Optimus explained that to them that the Decepticons were on Earth because their planet called Cybertron was uninhabitable from the war fought between Autobots and Decepticons.
When Agent Fowler came, Optimus told the humans to hide so that he doesn't get them out. When Cliffjumper's signal came back online, Optimus went with his team while Ratchet remained at the base with the humans. Miko was close to touching a device, but Ratchet told her to not touch. When the base's computers were overloaded with data, Raf erased some of them with his computer which left Ratchet impressed. When the team groundbridged back to base, Miko asked if she could come next time. Arcee was close to yelling at her, but Jack took Miko away. Optimus asked Arcee what she saw and she told him that Cliffjumper was experimented on by the Decepticons. Arcee faints near the floor, which caused the team to try to help her. She said she was fine, but Ratchet had to check her. He examined her and found a strange colored liquid on her hand. Ratchet scrapped it off her hand and told her to take a decontamination bath to avoid any strange things. Optimus assigned Bumblebee with Raf, Bulkhead with Miko and Jack with Arcee to accompany them to their homes. Arcee said she was feeling dizzy but Ratchet told her she will be fine.
Optimus saved Ratchet from a device that was possessed by Dark Energon. As the humans and Autobots came to the base, Optimus perpared to roll out with Ratchet. Optimus puts Arcee in charge and she questions him on where he's going. Optimus said he was going with Ratchet to investigate and they went off. After a long walk, Optimus and Ratchet found Megatron. Megatron used a Dark Energon shard to revive a small army of zombie Cybertronians. Optimus and Ratchet fought them head on. They almost fell at their mercy, until Optimus used his strength to kill a bunch of them and helped out Ratchet. Optimus was close to getting at Megatron, but failed as he climbed to the top. He helped Ratchet and Ratchet questioned Megatron's intentions. They returned to base for repairs, which Optimus helped Ratchet with his arm. Optimus found out that the humans went on a wild chase to get Agent Fowler back and Bulkhead told Optimus it won't happen again. Miko protested and showed Optimus a picture of a Decepticon plan. Optimus explains that if Megatron uses Dark Energon to revive Cybertron's dead, the zombie army will come to Earth and destroy it.
Optimus assembled his team and they prepared to fight against the oncoming threat. While Ratchet stayed at base with the humans, Optimus and his team fight the Decepticons. After a long battle, Optimus escapes with his team back to base. Arcee was damaged, but she is still standing. Optimus makes a speech on how they will vanquished any foe that comes in their way and that they will stand for their home.
After the Autobots returned to the base without Optimus, Ratchet told them that they accomplished what was necessary and concluded that if Optimus did not remember his own name it would be possible that the title of Prime had not been given to him yet after the others questioned why Optimus would not retain his own memories. In addition, he told their human allies that without the Matrix inside of him, it would stand to reason that Optimus had reverted to his pre-Prime state of Orion Pax.
Following his explanation to the Autobots and humans, Ratchet told them that while Optimus did not believe himself to be an Autobot, he would have to believe that Optimus would never stop being one in his heart before telling them that they must locate him to know for certain. After Fowler questioned if the Autobots could not just locate their leader, Ratchet told him that their leader's signal had not appeared since he embarked before stating that they must get to work finding him if they were to have any hope of continuing his contingency plan. WhenJack questioned what the key he was given by Optimus did, Ratchet said that it granted access to Vector Sigma. Ratchet continued by telling him that Vector Sigma was more than a super computer, calling it an ancient source of mystical power as he revealed it to be on Cybertron.
Ratchet told the humans that only a Prime could access Vector Sigma or one chosen before reminding them that Optimus gave the key card to Jack and that it was now imprinted into his unique bio-signature. After Miko questioned if Jack was some honorary Prime, Ratchet merely told her and the others that Jack was the only one who could restore Optimus to his current form. However, Ratchet soon stressed that the key card was useless to them without a means of reaching Cybertron. Ratchet tinkered with the GroundBridge as Raf questioned him to what he was doing and told him not to get his hopes up. Acting as temporary leader, Ratchet allowed Bumblebee, Bulkhead and Arcee to confront the Decepticons after being alerted by Agent Fowler of their actions. Arcee managed to get aboard the Nemesis and began to look for Optimus before being GroundBridged off. While tending to her at the Autobot base, Ratchet questioned if they were able to pinpoint their location or if Optimus was even aboard ship. Ratchet reacted to Bulkhead destroying his materials in a fit of rage and called his name out. Their situation worsened when Fowler told them of the injuries given to the humans during the conflict and told them to get their act together before the Pentagon shut down their base.
After Raf questioned where they would go, Ratchet said who knows before beginning to believe they could be sent to an island or fired onto the moon as he expressed that would be a welcome relief. When the Autobots began arguing, Jack stated they were overlooking the one positive. When Jack stated they could use the Space Bridge to send him to Cybertron, Ratchet explained to Miko that the Space Bridge was not in space and that the term meant the frequency wave. He remembered and reminded his teammates that the Autobots did not know what the Decepticons had in store for Optimus.
Locating Space Bridge
At the Autobot base, Ratchet and Raf began to experiment. Ratchet asked Raf if their test subject was ready and expressed that he had doubts that his calculations had extended to GroundBridge range before concluding there was only one way to find out as he pulled a lever and prepared to have their test subject remote-controlled car go through.The subject is a control car.Despite his hope, the car exploded while making it's way through the GroundBridge, causing Ratchet to react in dispair. While Raf told him that it was just a first try, Ratchet told him that it was a misguided act of desperation and that it took eons to master Space Bridge enginering before lamenting that no one is more accomplished than the Decepticons.
After Raf told him about having to climb a rope in gym class and being encouraged by Bumblebee to try before succeeding, Ratchet questioned what anything about what they were doing had to do with gym class. As Raf left him, Ratchet told the non-present Optimus that he was so sorry. Upon his return to the base, Bulkhead asked Ratchet if Arcee or Bumblebee had found a Space Bridge. After confirming that the two had not reported back, Ratchet was asked by Bulkhead if he was alright. Upon saying that he was, Ratchet told Bulkhead that the two should just get him to the next quadrant. Ratchet soon received a high frequency signal with an embedded message and identified it as such to Bulkhead. After Bulkhead questioned if it was Optimus, Ratchet denied it by decripting the message and discovered it to be Starscream. In the message, Starscrean told them that he had obtained information on their leader and requested that Ratchet bring a medical kit, as well as go by himself to meet the Decepticon. Upon arriving to the coordinates, Ratchet questioned Starscream as to where Optimus was. Though Starscream refused to give the two straight answers at first, even telling them to have sympathy for him due to his wound, Ratchet suggested that he speak quickly and angrily questioned if Optimus had been harmed in any way.
When Starscream told them that Optimus was on the Nemesis, Ratchet questioned where the ship was and told him that he would not go to the trouble of contacting them if he did not have real information to trade. After Starscream told them that their leader was now going by the name Orion Pax and believed he was a Decepticon, something that the Autobots knew, Ratchet and Bulkhead began to walk away from him before he revealed the location of the Space Bridge. Upon returning to the Autobot base, Ratchet told the others where the Decepticon Space Bridge was located, being deep within an energon mine. Upon being asked by Arcee what their intel was, Ratchet stressed that it was a reliable source after looking at Bulkhead worriedly. Ratchet then questioned the humans if they had reached a consensus. Though June began to worry over her son, Ratchet related that not everyone was destined for an ordinary life.
Ratchet told the Autobots that they would need to use stealth as a priority and stressed that if the Decepticons discovered them at any point, their chances would go down severely of saving their leader. After Arcee told him that he and the others would have to hold the Space Bridge long enough for her and Jack, Ratchet recalled that Raf was successful in climbing the rope in gym class and that they could handle their own obstacle as well. After giving commands to his human allies and keeping Miko at bay, Ratchet made his way to the Space Bridge with the others. He participated in fighting the Vehicons and was able to get Arcee to Cybertron.
Guarding the Space Bridge and Optimus Prime returns
With Arcee and Jack on Cybertron, Ratchet monitored their actions on the planet while present at the Space Bridge. Though June related to Ratchet that Arcee could not leave Jack alone, as she believed Arcee was his guide, Ratchet corrected her by stating that Arcee was Jack's backup and that the Key to Vector Sigma was his guide. Ratchet would contact Jack as he loaded information from Vector Sigma into the key card, confirming the long time required for the download to be complete after Jack told him that it was taking to long. Ratchet told him that the two were talking about the collective wisdom of the Primes.
As he heard Jack attacking Scraplets over their communication, Ratchet questioned what was wrong. After he confirmed them, Ratchet stated that if they chewed through Vector Sigma before being cut off by the arriving Megatron, who had come to stop the Autobots from restoring their leader. As Megatron concluded their plans, Ratchet told Bulkhead and Bumblebee that they would hold the Space Bridge at all costs before charging at the Decepticon with all his might. Though he was thrown by Megatron and took substantial damage, Ratchet again tried to hold him off before being thrown against a wall and sub coming.
Orion Pax arrived, disenchanted with the Decepticons after discovering what their true intentions were and re-affiliated himself with the Autobots. However, he too was defeated before Arcee arrived through the Space Bridge and attacked Megatron. When Megatron saw Optimus being restored and tried to run to him in an attempt to prevent it, Ratchet tried to stop Megatron by throwing himself on him before being pushed away. They were ultimately successful in having Prime restored, who upon his rejuvenation, asked Ratchet how they arrived there. Ratchet merely said that it was a long story and attacked Megatron with his teammates before retreating through a GroundBridge to base. Upon returning, Ratchet related to Optimus that it had truly been their darkest hour, but Optimus's spark had never ceased being that of an Autobot.
Ratchet went with Optimus to get the Spark Extractor from Megatron. With the aid of Bumblebee, they made it out with the relic. Ratchet scans the relic and explains to Optimus about the source. Later Ratchet scanned Bumblebee and found out that he was missing his T-cog. Miko thought it could be replaced, but Ratchet explains that a T-cog is a bio mechanism that is hard to replace. When Bumblebee resorted to drastic measures that nearly costed him his spark, Ratchet volunteered to give Bumblebee his T-cog. The transplant was assigned to Arcee, since Rachet knew Bulkhead was better at breaking things than repairing them. Arcee enduced stasis for Ratchet. It was Bumblebee's turn, when suddenly an Iacon signal appeared. Optimus went with Bulkhead and Arcee while Bumblebee stayed with Ratchet in stasis.
Agent Fowler gave Bumblebee MECH's coordinates while the kids covered for him. Soon Ratchet woke up and found out about Bumblebee left, but he didn't know that Bumblebee didn't do the surgery. Bumblebee returns with the team and Ratchet was able to repair it. Ratchet was happy to see Bumblebee transform and drove off with Raf.
Iacon Relic Hunt/ Helping Bulkhead
Optimus had told Ratchet to have assistance from Wheeljack in retrieving the next relic. Ratchet rendezvous with Wheeljack by the Jackhammer, and they headed out in the ship to find the relic. Wheeljack quickly got on Ratchet's nerve by calling him "doc" and "sunshine" but soon encountered Soundwave. The Wrecker engaged Soundwave in a dog fight using some fancy aerial flight moves, but against the advice of Ratchet, Wheeljack let Soundwave go and attacked Laserbeak. After a lengthy dog fight, Wheeljack shot the Mini-Con down, but the Jackhammer was also disabled. On the ground, Wheeljack found Laserbeak and suggested planting a grenade inside of the Mini-Con to kill Soundwave, but Ratchet had a better idea: A virus which would download the entire Iacon data base into their systems. While Ratchet set about implanting the virus into Laserbeak with Raf's help, Wheeljack went after Soundwave. Though he almost got the upper hand, Soundwave hit him with the Resonance Blaster, and Wheeljack barely had time to warn Ratchet before falling unconscious. Ratchet hid behind a rock while holding down Laserbeak and reading to see the download to be completed. Ratchet lets go of Laserbeak and it drops along side of the rock. Soundwave comes from the sky and picks Laserbeak from the ground. When he noticed that Laserbeak was missing a piece of its' wing, Soundwave immediately drops his tentacles on the ground and they went to find the missing piece. The piece was by Ratchet's foot and one tentacle was able to get it while Ratchet was still hiding behind the rock. Soundwave left and Ratchet went back for Wheeljack. Wheeljack told Ratchet that he was resting his optics and audio receptors. They left back to the Jackhammer and Ratchet thanked Wheeljack for his backup. Wheeljack said it was no problem and called Ratchet by his name as Ratchet left through the Ground Bridge. As Rafael opens a bridge for Bulkhead to come in, Bulkhead was flying through the bridge and crashed lands in front of them. Agent Fowler, Raf and Ratchet saw this in shock. Ratchet worked on curing Bulkhead when the other team members came back. It took a while, but Ratchet was able to revive and cure Bulkhead. Yet Bulkhead had to be under monitored.
Raf removed a picture of Bumblebee on the internet and replaced it with a tap-dancing monkey. After he succeeded, Ratchet told him that Bumblebee sightings on the worldwide web were no laughing matter. When Bulkhead questioned why he could not merely drive instead of doing exercising, Ratchet said that the state of his legs would worsen if he chose not to. Jack soon spotted a Cybertronian escape pod and after Raf identified it as such, Ratchet questioned if it was in Earth's atmosphere. Arcee questioned if the group should reach out to Wheeljack, prompting Ratchet to tell her that he did not care if Bulkhead was not combat ready. Reminded of the revenge stunt he pulled with Miko, Ratchet told Arcee that he could stay rogue.
Ratchet accompanied Bumblebee, Optimus and Arcee to the crash site. The four were soon attacked by Vehicons and Insecticons, who fired repeatedly at them. After Arcee questioned how all the Insecticons came out of that one pod, Ratchet told her that humans referred to the phenomenon as a clown car. As Ratchet was slammed down by an Insecticon, he was soon saved by Arcee, who the beast turned it's attention to. Under the orders of Optimus, Ratchet fell back with the others shortly before an explosion was set to commence. After the new Autobot gloated over his accomplishment in defeating the Vehicons and Insecticons, Ratchet asked Bumblebee if he was a friend of his. After the Autobot revealed his identity, Ratchet asked Optimus what they would do before stating that it wasn't like they could just bring him back to base.
When Smokescreen revealed his knowledge of Alpha Trion's petitioning to have Optimus become a Prime, he allowed him to return with the Autobots to base. Ratchet returned as well and was curious along with Miko and Arcee about Smokescreen's story and how he ended up in a Decepticon escape pod.
After leaving from the Autobot base, Ratchet retreated to a junkyard, despondent over the loss of the Autobot base and began to believe that the Autobots had lost the war against Megatron.
On the run
At some point after arriving in the junkyard, Ratchet was sighted by a human, whom quickly took a picture of him and uploaded it on the internet. He was found by Bumblebee and Raf, whom tried to convince him to join them on their quest to find the other Autobots. However, Ratchet revealed to them that he had felt the war between the Autobots and Decepticons was over, claiming that he and the other Autobots had lost. After Raf expressed his surprise in Ratchet's decision to quit, Ratchet transformed into robot mode and asked him what the Autobots could do without a base of operations or any other resources.
Though Raf stated that the group could use the Harbinger as their new base, Ratchet questioned what good could come of resources if the Autobots did not have someone to lead them. After Raf stated that it was a start, Ratchet told him that he would have to start without him, continuing by saying that it was someone else's fight now. After Raf stated that it was only Team Prime whom could stop Megatron, Ratchet told him to leave him alone and to let him rust in piece. Raf and Bumblebee abided by his wishes and went to the Harbinger, where they had difficulty with it's controls. Ratchet came to aid them and began to work after pushing Bumblebee aside. Raf gave Ratchet a smile, which Ratchet returns one back.He was able to get the ship's GroundBridge working and used the Decepticon frequencies to contact Fowler. The trio were shortly after joined by most of the other surviving Autobots, accompanied by the newly-arrived Ultra Magnus.
Infiltration and Destruction of Darkmount
Ratchet utilized the GroundBridge and communications systems to lure the Decepticons away from Darkmount, with the help of the kids. He monitored the Autobot attack on the fortress from the Harbinger, and was thus able to detect the incoming Optimus Prime, shortly before their leader turned up to save the day. The Autobots later assembled at a human military base, and Ratchet assured Smokescreen that he'd made the right choice in repairing Optimus with the Forge.
Ratchet prepared the GroundBridge to transport Ultra Magnus and Wheeljack back to their military base from their current location, being that of the Autobots's original base after they salvaged through it's ruins. Though Ultra Magnus told Ratchet and the others after arriving through the GroundBridge that they had been unable to find anything of meaningfulness in their past base, Wheeljack disagreed as he threw his and Bulkhead's old lobbing ball at the latter, whom failed to catch it, causing Ratchet and the others to begin dodging it before it landed in front of Fowler's room, which caused him to be stuck inside until assist from the Autobots. After the ball had landed, Ratchet told Wheeljack that he could have caused serious damage.
Things grew more tense when Ultra Magnus and Wheeljack began to be reminded of their previous alignments on Cybertron, causing Wheeljack to leave the Autobots alone momentarily and for Ultra Magnus to try and break the ice by asking if the group had received any word from Optimus, whom Ratchet told him had been investigating recent Decepticon activity and that it was hopefully an energon mine. When Miko brought up the possibility of all the Autobots having jet-packs, Ratchet agreed with her before reminding her that the only thing that could do so was the Forge of Solus Prime, which had been drained of all its power.
Smokescreen soon returned to the Autobot base, decorated in a new paint job and was disappointed by Ultra Magnus after being ordered to stack cubes, remarking that he was nearly a Prime and was still somehow a rookie. This led Ratchet to question what he had said about a Prime. After Smokescreen gave him an alternate answer, Arcee related to Ratchet that Smokescreen was the only one of the Autobots to go back for Optimus and told him that if he had not, the group may not have still had Optimus. However, Ratchet related to Arcee that they were under strict protocol and that three of the Autobots, being her, Bumblebee and Bulkhead, had their human partners with them before telling her that they were merely fortunate that Smokescreen is too much of a newcomer to follow strict protocols. After Optimus returned to the Autobot base, Ratchet asked Optiimus if he had found any energon before Optimus denied so and showed him the Predacon skull he had found, causing Ratchet to express shock. Ratchet and Optimus concluded that with Megatron's then-recent new interest in the fossils of Predacons and Shockwave back among the Decepticon ranks, it would stand to reason that Shockwave had cloned Predaking from having found a remain himself. The two would continue their examination, stating that if Shockwave had enough CNA to clone a beast, he would already possess what he needed to create another.
Ratchet would later go over synthetic energon, being viewed by Optimus as he did so and questioned if it was. After confirming that he indeed was using it, Ratchet expressed his concern that since the destruction of their original base, their ability to deal with impending-crises would be severely hampered. After Optimus told him that he had made a wise decision, Ratchet told him that he would need to manage his expectations over how effective the synthetic energon would be before noting that he was working with even-lower quality hardware than before as he glanced over the lesser-quality computers next to him.
Captured/ Synthetic Energon project
Eventually, Ratchet was captured by Soundwave when the Decepticon was held captive in the Autobot base for a short time. Ratchet was convinced by Megatron to work on the Synthetic Energon for the Omega Lock 2.0. While working on the formula to recreate Cybertron, Ratchet told Knock Out to fetch him the Quantum Cyber Measure, prompting Knock Out to ask him if he looked like hired help to him before Shockwave told him to do as their esteem guest said and to attend to his needs. After Shockwave placed Cyber Matter on his table, Ratchet questioned if they knew the origins of it. Shockwave told him that their extensive empirical evidence suggested that it that the fundamental instability within the formulation to be the cause. Ratchet asked him if he had received a double blind analysis and learned that the results of his testing only confirmed the original hypothesis that once a part of the formula had been corrected for then the stable acid would be able to merge with Cybetron's soil. Knock Out uttered that if the Decepticons had not let the Autobots destroy the beasts, none of their work would possible, causing Ratchet to question him as he realized their role in their destruction.
Ignoring Knock Out, Shockwave told him that there was much work and little time and questioned if the two would be getting back to work before Ratchet agreed with him. While Knock Out fetched CNA for Shockwave, he accidentally allowed one of the jars to cross over with the chamber's closing gate, causing it to be seen by Ratchet. While Knock Out walked away, Ratchet moved over to the CNA jar and was spotted by the former, who asked him what he wanted. Ratchet made an excuse about lacking a part of his equipment, prompting Knock Out to go back over to his residence. Just as Knock Out finished getting him his sample, Ratchet was able to get the CNA, which he hid behind his back. After Knock Out asked him if he needed anything else, Ratchet took the sample he had asked him for and thanked him. The Decepticon stopped momentarily and accepted his thanks for his involvement.
Going through the Decepticons' computer, Ratchet discovered what he referred to as the final piece of the puzzle to their bid to get Cybertron restored and thanked Decepticon engineering. As Shockwave left the room, Ratchet realized that he could not allow Megatron to possess the stabilized formula and deleted it. After doing so, he made his way to their area of stored formulas and tossed the Cyber Matter inside, causing an explosion. After Knock Out asked him what was going on, Ratchet lied by telling him that the formula's instability must have triggered a chain reaction. In an attempt to escape, Ratchet began to drive out of the Nemesis and was even able to get away from most of the Vehicons, remarking that his fleet was not bad for an old bot.
He soon met the end of his escape literally under the foot of Megatron, who he told to not kill him if he wanted his formula completed. Megatron was not inclined to believe him and explained that his cohorts were working hard to disentangle his false trail as they spoke. Returning to the Decepticon's room of experimentation, Knock Out mocked him by stating that he would put the CNA back where it belonged. After Shockwave told Megatron that it would not be long before they were finished, Megatron told Ratchet that it was pity he would not be able to see the fruits of his labor and told him that as much as the Decepticons appreciated his contributions, he had made a promise to someone that he intended to keep. Thrown outside, he was confronted by Predaking, who asked him if he felt defenseless before telling him that he now knew what his people felt like when he ended them. Ratchet endured his abuse and even told him to get it over with, stating that it was not like he could ever live with himself knowing the role he played in human kind's extinction.
However, as Predaking came closer to him, Ratchet told him that if he wanted to avenge his kind, then he would need to not stop with him and to keep avenging all the way to Megatron. Confused, Predaking transformed to his robot mode and asked him what he meant. Ratchet told him that his high and mighty leader wanted the Predacons exterminated and simply allowed them to do his dirty work for him. Though Predaking dismissed him as having made a false claim to save his own spark, Ratchet told him that since he considered himself an intelligent being, then he would need to rise above his base instincts and analyze the situation. Allowed on his feet by the beast, Ratchet told him that the Autobots had followed the trail that day with the hope that it would lead to an energon mine and that they had no idea it was where Shockwave's laboratory was.
Predaking remarked that the coincidence did not seem plausible, Ratchet told him it was because it was not one and that energon had been planted there to lure them. While Predaking questioned why his leader would want to destroy he and the rest of his kind, Ratchet related that since being on the receiving end of his might, the theory that sprung to his mind was that Megatron feared them. This caused Predaking to get extremely angry and go on a rampage. In the midst of this, Ratchet contacted the Autobots and questioned if anyone could hear him, in actuality being heard by the entire group. Ratchet told them to listen to him as he related that Megatron had rebuilt the Omega Lock onboard his warship. He stressed that he had deactivated the Decepticon shielding system, believing that they should be able to get a fix on his coordinates. Telling Optimus that he must hurry, Ratchet said that Megatron was going to Cyber-form Earth into Cybertron. Overhearing more blasts, Ratchet got away from their communication system and took cover.
During the battle for Omega Lock, Ratchet informed the team that the Lock was located on the ship's lower deck, which he made his way to. He killed two decepticon soldiers that were guarding the door to the Omega Lock and faced against Shockwave. Despite his efforts, Shockwave had the upper hand and was about to finish him off, until he was interrupted by the Omega Lock's signal to fire. As Shockwave opens the Omega Lock's portal for the fire sequence, he sees Optimus hanging on the Omega Lock's structure and takes cover as Optimus opens fire. Megatron arrived to engage Optimus and orders Shockwave to begin the firing sequence.
Ratchet warned Optimus to use the Star Saber to destroy the Omega Lock, which Bumblebee was able to retrieve after Smokescreen was shot by Shockwave before giving the sword to Optimus. As Bumblebee jumps to give the weapon to Optimus, Megatron repeatedly shot and killed him. However, Bumblebee was revived by the cybermatter in the Omega Lock. When Megatron was about to finish off Optimus, Bumblebee stabbed him with the Star Saber and speaks for the first time. As Megatron's body fell off the Lock and down towards Earth, the group was surprised by Bumblebee's voice. Opitmus announces to everyone that Megatron was no more and tells the Wreckers, who were with Jack and Miko at the bridge, to set course for Cybertron. After they used the cybermatter to restore Cybertron, the team went back to base where Optimus gave a speech about how they will miss their human friends/family. Ratchet decided to stay on Earth with the humans as consultants. While everyone was giving their last goodbyes, Optimus gave Ratchet a goodbye handshake before leaving with the others back to Cybertron.
Eventually, Ratchet briged to cybertron after getting a call from the team. Ultra Magnus was badly beaten by a Predacon and Ratchet tended to his injuries. Ratchet explained that Ultra Magnus was suffering from his injuries and has to be under the medic table for a while. After Bumblebee and the others were attacked by Unicron in Megatron's body, Ratchet gave Bumblebee some advice on past actions. Ratchet learned and told the team that Megatron's life signal was online. When the team went to attack Unicron and his army, Ratchet and Ultra Magnus were dropped off before the team left. Later, Ratchet and Ultra Magnus were there to see Optimus sacrifice himself to restore Cybertron. Ratchet told Optimus that he cared the most about him and that he didn't return to lose Optimus. Optimus said he must return the AllSpark to the Core and told his team that they have each acted as a Prime. As Optimus flies into the core, millions of sparks fly from the Well. Team Prime stood there and gazed upon the sparks flying with Optimus' spark among them.
Ratchet was older than most of the other Autobots which meant that he was more wiser, he was rather cranky at times and would often lash out at his fellow teammates if they did something that annoyed him, this was mostly due from the loss of Cybertron which he loved greatly, and would do almost anything to revive his home planet.
Despite this he cared a great deal for his fellow Autobots as he often repaired them and gave them advise; Initially he was not exactly fond of Humans but as time progressed he came to accept them and became their friend, Ratchet did not appear to enjoy parties or celebrations even, as a scientist however he enjoyed working on various scientific endeavours. Ratchet always looked out for his team, who viewed him as the best medic and friend they had.
Powers and Abilities
Ratchet is a veteran Medic and has been involved in many battles on Cybertron, his strongest weapon is probably his intelligence which he has engaged in numerous threats, he has shown to be able to hold his own in battle facing opponents such as Shockwave, he posses two blades converted from his hands, as well as a hand torch.
"Until we meet again old friend." - Optimus to Ratchet.
Of all the Autobots to ever be stationed on Earth, Ratchet is the closest to Optimus. He values Optimus as a worthy leader and believed him to be wise and powerful, even once downgrading several Cybertronian artifacts designed to enhance power useless for Optimus. However, though the two are great friends, they have had their differences. During Ratchet's first and only time using the Synthetic Energon, he became angry with Optimus for chasing after what he believed were Megatron's small efforts and instead not pursuing his larger projects. During this short argument, he criticized Optimus for being soft and for not killing Megatron when he had the chance. The two rekindled their friendship following the Autobot's rescue of him. Ratchet was the last Autobot to talk to Optimus as he stood before the destruction of the Autobots's base. Rafael managed to locate Ratchet and tried to tell him not to give up.
Ratchet argued that even with resources, like the Harbinger, it won't be of much use not without someone to lead them. Ratchet showed up later to help Bumblebee and Raf with the Harbinger's systems. Ratchet was able to contact Agent Fowler without any Decepticons tracing their conversation. Suddenly a ship came with Ultra Magnus, the rest of the Autobot team, the kids and later Agent Fowler with Jack's mother. The only ones that weren't there was Smokescreen and Optimus. Ratchet informed them that only Optimus knows Smokescreen's location and that Optimus remained behind to ensure that everyone made it to safety. Ultra Magnus advised they must stop Megatron with or without Optimus. While the team takes on the Decepticon citadel, they ended up being captured. All of a sudden something was flying towards the citadel. Back at the Harbinger, Ratchet picked up the signal to be an Autobot's signal in airborne. It was Optimus Prime in his new body and flying with his jet pack. After the Autobots and Decepticons retreated from the collapsed citadel, the Autobots returned to a new base where Agent Fowler commended them for their efforts in battle.
Ratchet shows Optimus his work on the Synthetic Energon formula in hopes of replacing energon lost in their old base's destruction. Later on Ratchet picks up Decepticon activity and Optimus informs the team with their energon reserves at a critical low they can not afford not to investigate. Though this investigation becomes out of hand when Ultra Magnus and Wheeljack discovers Shockwave's laboratory with the Predacon clones. The pair destroyed the lab, only to encounter Predaking, the original Predacon that Megatron sent to hunt the Autobots. They were attacked by Predaking and were about to be terminated. Optimus came just in time and saved the pair from certain death. Ratchet worked on Ultra Magnus's right hand, which was damaged by Predaking. Optimus explains to Ultra Magnus that Family is greater than an army. Sometime later Ratchet replaced Ultra Magnus's broked hand with a claw, which prevented Ultra Magnus from going on the first mission until Wheeljack helped him. The team managed to capture Soundwave and bring him back for interrogation. Though this was unsuccessful. Laserbeak found their base while the rest of the team went on their second mission in Antarctica. Smokescreen shot a piece off Laserbeak, but failed to stop it from going to Soundwave. Soundwave disabled Smokescreen, Bulkhead and Agent Fowler to advance on Ratchet.
Optimus followed Chip, a drone made by Raf and Wheeljack using Laserbeak's transponder, to the Decepticon warship in hopes of finding Ratchet. He encountered Starscream and managed to destroy his seeker armada, but Starscream found the probe and blew it up. Ratchet tried to escape from the Decepticons but in his efforts provided them the answer to the Synthetic Energon formula for the Omega Lock 2.0. Predaking beats up Ratchet, but Ratchet informed him that Megatron wanted his fellow Predacons terminated. This resulted in Predaking going on a rampage through the ship, which Ratchet took the advantage to contact the Autobots. He informed them that Megatron is planning to use the Omega Lock to cyberform Earth. The Autobots prepare their weapons and went for what it seems to be their last battle. Optimus told them it's an honor to serve with his team and his human friends. As the battle continued it's way towards the Omega Lock on the lower deck of the warship, Smokescreen was able to get the Star Saber. Ratchet told Optimus that he must use the Saber to destroy the Omega Lock in hopes of saving Earth. Bumblebee was shot and killed by Megatron before he could give Optimus the Star Saber. Though Bumblebee was revived by the Omega Lock's cybermatter and killed Megatron with the Star Saber. After the team used the Omega Lock's energy for Cybertron's core, Optimus tells them that with Cybertron capable of supporting life they must return home, though they will miss their human friends/family. Ratchet remained behind to stay with the humans. Optimus gave Ratchet a farewell handshake before leaving to Cybertron.
Ratchet is like a brother to Optimus.
Even though Ultra Magnus pressured him on the synthetic energon experiment, Ratchet was able to scavenge parts to repair Ultra Magnus's damaged right hand with a claw. When Ratchet was captured by the Decepticons, Ultra Magnus worked with the team to ensure that they find him. Even Magnus stated to the team that Ratchet may thought that his new hand wasn't good enough, though what truly isn't good enough was giving up. During the ending of the series finale, Ultra Magnus left with the rest of the team back to Cybertron, which was restored, while Ratchet remained behind on Earth with their human friends/family.
Magnus is like a brother to Ratchet.
Of all Ratchet's medical patients, he considers Bumblebee his greatest mistake, due to his failure to repair the latter's voice box back on Cybertron. He was, however, successfully in repairing his body and making him capable of fighting again. After Bumblebee was revived by the Cybermatter and killed Megatron, Bumblebee hugged Ratchet when he realized that he can talk again. Optimus then stated that Ratchet's medical treatments for Bumblebee has pulled through, saying that "It would seem that the old field medic made good after all."
Bumblebee is like a son to Ratchet.
"You're fine. Says your physician." - Ratchet to Arcee.
"Where's Ratchet???" - Arcee questioning Bulkhead about Ratchet's disappearance.
Arcee is mostly seen talking with Ratchet about some things. When Ratchet discovered some dark energon on Arcee's arm, he scrapped it off and told her to take a decontamination bath to avoid any trouble. When Ratchet used the incompleted Synthetic Energon formula, he asked Arcee "How's it hummin?" Arcee was surprised at Ratchet. When Ratchet mentioned Cliffjumper being dead, Arcee was enraged and almost jumped at him. Later, the team rescued Ratchet from Knock Out. Despite mentioning Cliffjumper, Arcee still looks up to Ratchet and sees him as a great friend on the team. Arcee told Ratchet about Smokescreen saving Optimus from certain death after the destruction of their former base. Arcee respects Ratchet and would hang out with him like she with the others.
Arcee is like a daughter and friend to Ratchet.
"My name is not Doc and I do not require anyone watching my back." - Ratchet to Wheeljack.
"Listen Wheeljack. I want to thank you for your back up." - Ratchet thanking Wheeljack.
Out of all the Autobots, Ratchet wasn't too fond of Wheeljack at first. Ratchet stated there was limited space on the team in Loose Cannons when Optimus invited Wheeljack to stay on Earth. In Triage, Optimus paired Ratchet with Wheeljack to go hunt for the Iacon relic. Ratchet stated to Optimus that Wheeljack was a "ruffian" and that Wheeljack was Bulkhead's partner. Optimus stated to Ratchet that he should welcome this temporary alliance. Ratchet left with Wheeljack in the Jackhammer where they made little conversation. Later after Soundwave left with the relic, Ratchet helped Wheeljack up when he was beaten by Soundwave. When they came back to the Jackhammer, Ratchet thanked Wheeljack for backing him up and Wheeljack said goodbye to Ratchet. Wheeljack referred to Ratchet as his real name and not calling him "Doc". In Hurt, Wheeljack told Ratchet that he's a maestro at curing bots after Bulkhead was injured in battle. Wheeljack seems to be a good terms with Ratchet. Ratchet would find Wheeljack's actions bothersome at times, but they both care for each other.
Wheeljack is like a brother to Ratchet.
"Bulkhead I needed that!" - Ratchet to Bulkhead after Bullhead breaks one of Ratchet's tools.
"Ratchet's restored planets. He'll find a way to save you." - Bulkhead to Optimus about Ratchet.
Ratchet has a dislike for Bulkhead's constant and often noisy advances in human technology. Ratchet's inventions and equipment is often subject to being broken by Bulkhead, often causing him to utter out his previous reliance on the objects. Despite these differences the two had, Ratchet was devastated to see Bulkhead in critical condition following his first and only battle with Hardshell during the Autobot's attempt to get one of the four relics. He was also hampered to announce Bulkhead's slow recovery, and he was fearful while stating he may never be fully functional again. In an act of caring Ratchet was not easily phased by Bulkhead's plea to allow him out shortly after his first major recovery from the battle. However, Ratchet allowed him to and Bulkhead slowly started to return to his normal self again. Ratchet and Bulkhead are good friends. Bulkhead is like a son to Ratchet.
Ratchet and June seem to have a fine relationship, as they are both medical experts, June even greeting Ratchet once and addressing him as doctor. Ratchet in turn gives June respect as a nurse and adult, since he often deals with the kids.
"I have grown to need him." Ratchet regarding Raf
Initially, Ratchet regarded Raf as just another nuisance, underestimating Raf's computer/technical know-how because of his age. But he eventually recognized Raf's skills to the point where Raf wordlessly became Ratchet's technical support, and the young boy's close bond with Bumblebee and kind-hearted yet determined demeanor touched Ratchet's spark.
After Raf was seriously injured by Megatron's Weaponized Dark Energon, June was brought in to aid him since Ratchet never had the chance to learn about Human biology and medicine; Ratchet was in deep despair blaming himself for being unable to help as well as being so heavily focused on Cybertron, where he admitted to Optimus that "[he has] grown to need him..." Ratchet ultimately managed to cure Raf's illness with the use of Energon sent into his bloodstream which destroyed the Dark Energon within him. Ratchet was relieved to see Raf recovered.
They work together on a virus to upload the Decepticon's database on the Iacon relics, after seeing the success, happily led Ratchet to compliment Raf as a genius. After the destruction of the Autobot's old base, Ratchet was in deep dispair over their lack of resources. Though Raf mentioned that they could use the Harbinger, Ratchet said resources won't be of much use not without someone to lead them. Later, Ratchet helped Raf and Bumblebee fix the Harbinger's systems. Lately, it has been revealed that Ratchet has spent some of his free time teaching Raf how to read Cybertronian Code. After the Autobots achieved victory and restored Cybertron Ratchet remained behind at Unit:E stating "I know where I am needed" and currently works alongside Raf and the others.
Ratchet acted as a father figure to Raf.
Although Ratchet originally considered Jack as an annoyance, he soon comes to consider Jack a friend who can be trusted, particularly when Jack is the most responsible of the kids, and he even states Jack is a lot like Optimus before the latter became a Prime.
Miko is often a constant headache for Ratchet because of her reckless behavior. Even so, he's concerned for her safety and her feelings, such as when she was afraid for Bulkhead's life.
"And your instincts have again proven to be quite sound." - Ratchet to Smokescreen.
Like the other Autobots, minus Optimus, Ratchet was wary of Smokescreen when they first met. The rookie's stories of being at the Hall of Records with Alpha Trion caused Ratchet to think he was a handmade trap Optimus would not be able to resist. After Smokescreen saved Arcee, Bumblebee and Optimus, Ratchet was convinced he was a true Autobot. Later, like the rest of Team Prime, Ratchet was very annoyed at Smokescreen's independence and lack of concern for maintaining their cover. He was shocked to find that Smokescreen had taken Jack on a relic hunt. However, he seemed to care for him as he tried to open several groundbridges for him, when he was trapped on the Nemesis, and showed sorrow when he believed Smokescreen had died. After their base was destroyed, he was curious of the possible link between Smokescreen going back and Optimus surviving, more so when Smokescreen said something regarding a Prime.
"Collaborate with the barbarian who essentially destroyed our planet in the first place, who sadistically crushed Bumblebee's voicebox by looking him in the eye, no thank you!" - Ratchet declining Megatron's offer
Like all the other Autobots, Ratchet views Megatron as a truly evil and vicious tyrant, he is also extremely cautious of the others during their encounters with him. Of all the Autobot's stationed on Earth, Ratchet has had the least amount of encounters with him.
During Megatron's first attempted use of Dark Energon, where the latter called Ratchet "Optimus' Trusty Watch dog". He was eagerly quick to talk trash to the Decepticon leader, even urging him to come off of the pillar he was standing on and engage him. When Ratchet was captured, he refused to cooperate with him noting the numerous acts he had committed, however he agreed to work on the Synthetic Energon in order to restore Cybertron, once completed Megatron handed him over to Predaking for a serious beating, this act most likely strengthened Ratchet's hatred for Megatron.
However after the events in Predacons Rising, Ratchet may have forgiven Megatron's old past actions.
"Over my Sparkless Husk" - Ratchet fighting Shockwave.
Ratchet studied Shockwave's experiments back on Cybertron, most notably the Cortical Psychic patch, the two finally met during Ratchet's capture. As the two worked together on finalizing the Cyber matter the two scientists expressed a mutual respect for each other, despite this the two fought during the final battle of the Omega Lock with Shockwave having the upper hand. After the events in Predacons Rising, Ratchet may have forgiven Shockwave.
Shockwave is almost like a darker version of Ratchet.
- Transformers alumnus Michael Bell originally auditioned for the part of Ratchet in Transformers: Prime, but ultimately lost the role to Jeffrey Combs.
- In all episodes written by Nicole Dubuc thus far, Ratchet's equipment gets damaged by a fellow Autobot, (Normally Bulkhead) prompting him to utter "I NEEDED THAT!" each time as a main running gag in the series.
- It is unknown if Ratchet returned to Earth after the events in Predacons Rising.
- Ratchet is seen to only scan the eyes of Optimus and Arcee in the show.
- Ratchet's last "I needed that" quote was in "Darkest Hour", where he said "we needed that."
- This version of Rachet bears more physical resemblance to his Transformers Animated form and has qualities relating to his live action counterpart as well.
- "Optimus, helping humans will only result in more tragedy."
- "Puh Lease.."
- "If they go underfoot they will go.....squish."
- "I needed that." - Ratchet's famous quote after Now!!!"
- "Why don't you invite him down here for a check."
- "On our planet you would receive the highest honors."
- "It's a trap. A Scraplet trap."
- "Oh joy."
- "Maybe not the last one."
- "Bulkhead! I needed that!!!"
- "Optimus you are not going to believe this. I have picked up the location the of the Decepticon warship."
- "I wouldn't detect anything strenuous Optimus, but it appears your systems have fully recovered from the Cybonic plague."
- "You three into our groundbridge. Now!!!"
- "Breakdown's eye."
- "On a scouting mission with Bumblebee. Sorry to disappoint."
- "She's quite resilient for a two wheeler."
- "*Click* (at Arcee) How's it hummin'?"
- "We need to get Optimus out of there. Now!!!"
- "Optimus I'm detecting a swell in Unicron's spark activity."
- "We're on our way."
- "There was a time - back on Cybertron - in the twilight hours of the Golden Age, where Optimus and Megatron were not sworn enemies. Do you recall when I mentioned that Optimus wasn't always a Prime? Well, he wasn't always Optimus either. He was once a clerk in the Iacon Hall of Records named Orion Pax. But as he learned more about Cybertron's past, he grew increasingly concerned about the present corruption in high places and inequality among the masses. Orion became inspired by the words and ideas of the gladiator, one who had named himself after one of the thirteen original Primes - Megatronus. Megatronus vowed to challenge Cybertron's leadership and demanded that all Cybertronians be treated as equals. The gladiator turned revolutionary rapidly gained a loyal following. Soundwave, chief among them. Orion began corresponding with Megatronus, who came to be something of a mentor to him. As Megatronus left the gladiatorial ring for the political, he saw fit to shorten his name. Before long, Megatron appeared before the High Council to propose his vision for a just society. And it was here that he began to reveal his true colors. Proclaiming to overthrow the old guard with force and arrogantly demanding to be named the next Prime. But Orion did not believe in violence as a means of achieving justice. The sparks and minds of the Council were moved by Orion's words. Here...for the first time since Cybertron's Golden Age...stood someone worthy of being a Prime. But that honor could only be achieved by earning the legendary Matrix of Leadership. His ambitions thwarted, Megatron spitefully severed all ties with Orion and the Council, and came to wage war on all who opposed him through his growing army of followers which he named Decepticons. He vowed to claim the Matrix for himself wherever it may lie. In time, warfare consumed Cybertron, poisoning the planet to its core. Orion journeyed there, hoping to reverse the ill effects and found himself before the very spark of our life giver, Primus himself. The ailing Primus sensed the innatiability within Orion and bestowed the Matrix upon him. It was thus that a surprised and humbled Orion Pax came to be Optimus, the last of the Primes."
- "We do not know what the Decepticons have in stored for Optimus or if he's truly safe from harm."
- "What does any of this have to do with gym class?"
- "Long story old friend."
- "If it were that easy don't you think I would of fixed Bumblebee's voice box by now?"
- "I am able. Just ask bantor, he was all mandrill before I put a tiger in his tank."
- "Hold still and maybe you'll keep it."
- "Make it fast."
- "A quick check for Optimus's signal would reveal that he was no where near tonight's incident."
- "Stasis. She deserves worse."
- "Who is this?"
- "No one is left to join me Optimus."
- "Please don't call me Doc."
- "I can't wait to share the good news."
- "Bulkhead! Respond!!"
- "Time for a break Bulkhead."
- "Humans refer the phenomena as a clown car."
- "You there. What in the name of the AllSpark do you think you are doing?"
- "A duty of my choosing."
- "Please. Isn't having three humans here enough?"
- "Optimus does not require it to be the mightiest of warriors."
- "There must be something we can offer in exchange."
- "It is Dreadwing and he wants to meet."
- "What about our planet? All of our struggles, energon spills and countless sacrifices for nothing???"
- "Go way."
- "You're interrupting my power down."
- "This is someone else's fight now."
- "Now, step out of my way so I can work."
- "Ultra Magnus!"
- "An Autobot signal but it's airborne."
- "Quiet rad Miko. But the forge has been depleted from its power to do that."
- "What was that about a Prime?"
- "Just please, manage your expectations. I am working with even more rudimentary hardware then before."
- "Doing the best I can commander given the lack of equipment at my disposal."
- "I believe that Megatron may be attempting to rebuild the Omega Lock. Do we let him?"
- "What do you want from me?"
- "You are attempting to rebuild the Omega Lock."
- "Fetch me the quantum cyber measure."
- "Megatron fears you and any like you."
- "Shut it down Shockwave. I can not allow you to harm earth."
- "Over my sparkless husk."
- "I know where I am needed."
- "Where is the patient?"
- "Vitals are improving."
- "Optimus. I didn't return to safe a life only to lose the one I care most about."
- ↑ Operation: Bumblebee, Part 1
- ↑ Orion Pax, Part 1
- ↑ Orion Pax, Part 2
- ↑ Orion Pax, Part 3
- ↑ Scattered
- ↑ Operation: Bumblebee, Part 1
| Optimus Prime | Arcee | Bumblebee | Bulkhead | Ratchet | Wheeljack | Ultra Magnus | Smokescreen | Knock Out
| Bumblebee | Strongarm | Sideswipe | Fixit | Grimlock
|Cliffjumper | Tailgate | Seaspray | Alpha Trion|
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