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The most powerful Transformers ranked

More than meets the eye! It may sound crazy, but the Transformers franchise has existed for over three decades. It's hard to believe that a show that essentially began as a way to market a repurposed line of Japanese toys has endured for that long, but welcome to nostalgia.

There have been several different versions of the Transformers story (and the individual characters) over that timeframe. The cartoons, the more recent Transformers films, the comics, the action figures — there is a huge amount of Transformers media out there, and keeping everything straight can be quite an undertaking. That's where we come in.

We've scoured the history of Transformers to try to determine which robots in disguise are truly the kings of the mountain. There's a lot of speculation here as far as relative power levels go, and we may have made a bit of extra room to include some more familiar faces, but there's no real debate when we start hitting the top tier. Let's roll out!

Grimlock

Grimlock is essentially a playground fantasy of a character. "What if it's like... a Transformer but also... a DINOSAUR?" He's a big, scary dude with a big, scary sword who can also turn into a big, scary T-Rex. If this were just a list of "most totally rad Transformers," Grimlock would take the top spot.

Luckily, Grimlock is a pretty solid fighter as well. He leads the Dinobots, a relatively small team that packs a pretty nasty punch. The Dinobots value strength and intensity, so it takes an extremely powerful leader to claim dominance over the rest of the group. Grimlock has shown off his fighting prowess on several occasions, and has held his own against and even defeated some of a veritable "Who's Who" list of Transformers.

However, he loses more often than not when he tangles with any of the big timers, and his prickly, instinctive nature makes it so he often gets in over his head when battling against physically superior foes. He's one of the more powerful "regular" Transformers, but there are some real oddballs on the way.

Megatron

"Decepticons... RETREAT!"

If it just came down to pure physical and mental ability, Megatron might be able to jump a few spots on this list. As the leader of the Decepticons, Megatron has proven time and time again that he can go toe to toe against any Transformer out there. He's powerful and strategic, and he truly believes in what he's fighting for.

That said, Megatron often fails when he should succeed because his arrogance and disdain for others comes back to haunt him. Megatron believes that Transformers are the most superior lifeforms in the universe, and any other creature that he deems "inferior" (like humans) is barely worth recognizing. This arrogance has led to countless plans failing due to Megatron overlooking a small detail. If he was able to see the big picture or recognize the threat that others pose to his plans, it's very possible that the Decepticons would have achieved their goals of universal domination long ago.

It probably wouldn't hurt if he kicked Starscream off the team, too.

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime doesn't edge out Megatron and Grimlock on battle prowess alone — he's proven himself an extremely capable fighter time and time again, and his status as the leader of the Autobots isn't just some fluke. That said, Optimus Prime's true power comes from those intangible characteristics that also make him a good leader. He's courageous, thoughtful, strategic, and never underestimates his enemies.

These traits help Optimus Prime stand up to much more powerful forces. His drive and compassion help him stay in fights much longer than he should be able to, and he often demoralizes his foes simply because his will never breaks.

Optimus Prime is legendary in the Transformers universe for turning the tide of many conflicts on his sheer will and courage. He has sacrificed himself on countless occasions, and taken down many a "more powerful" foe by outmaneuvering them and relying on the help of his friends and allies. Optimus Prime can never be counted out of any fight.

Predaking

Predaking is what is known as a "Combiner," which is a Transformer made up of other Transformers. As such, his power level is significant — Predaking is a combination of the five other Predacons (Divebomb, Headstrong, Rampage, Razorclaw, and Tantrum). He is massive, extremely powerful, and one of the most dangerous hunters in the galaxy.

Predaking also has some other abilities that make him extraordinarily strong, but the one that stands out makes him a bit unique among other combiners. One of the drawbacks when a Transformer shifts into their Combiner form is all of them have to work together. The different Transformers are still independent beings and, if they disagree about which action to take, there isn't much they can do.

The five Transformers who become Predaking actually mold together into one consciousness, preventing that drawback. It makes for an extremely dangerous foe, capable of isolating and destroying his enemies. Predaking's main weakness is his lust for the hunt — he has been lured into more than a few traps when he thinks he's already won.

Defensor

Defensor is the Combiner version of the five Protectobots: Hot Spot, First Aid, Blades, Streetwise, and Groove. He isn't particularly strong on offense, but he does flex his power levels in other ways. For one, Defensor is one of the most intelligent and strategic minds on any battlefield. The Protectobots are all emergency responders, so they need to be able to analyze situations quickly and effectively in order to save lives.

He's no slouch on the battlefield, certainly, but Defensor has one other trick up his robotic sleeve — a massive, incredibly strong force field that can be projected up to 50 feet away from his body.

Defensor's force field takes a massive amount of energy to maintain, but it's an extremely powerful ability. The Autobots usually get in trouble when they're stretched too thin trying to protect everyone; Defensor earns a spot on the list because he bypasses that weakness entirely whenever he's on the battlefield.

Bruticus

This Transformer is basically the other side of the coin in relation to Defensor. He's made up of the five Combaticons: Onslaught, Vortex, Brawl, Blastoff, and Swindle. Each of these Decepticons transform into military vehicles and, when they all join together, become the extremely powerful Bruticus.

Bruticus possesses all sorts of advanced weaponry and is nearly impervious to attacks. Despite being a Combiner, each of the five Transformers that make up this monstrosity are all driven by similar instincts. Thus, it isn't very hard for them to find common purpose and work together in their Bruticus form.

Bruticus' central weakness is his intelligence — being driven solely by aggression makes him extremely suggestible and very, very dumb. He's easy to trick (as Starscream proved when Bruticus was first introduced) and will basically follow any orders that allow him to get into battle. His brute strength is unquestionable, making him a terrible threat — he just needs someone else to pull the strings for him.

Trypticon

If Trypticon cared a bit more, he'd be practically unstoppable. He's what's known as a Titan — in one form, he's a massive dinosaur, capable of defeating nearly any Transformer in hand to hand (or laser beam) combat. Even worse, his alternate form is a city-sized artillery platform, capable of launching massive amounts of firepower in an incredibly short amount of time.

Very few can stand up to Trypticon's insane size and weaponry, and entire teams of Autobots will generally use trickery and subversion in order to stand up to him — they know well that a head-on assault would be suicide. Despite being the ultimate weapon, Trypticon's heart is not often in the battle.

Trypticon hates the Autobots, but he also hates that he's used as a tool by the Decepticons. He has accepted his role as a deadly weapon, but he frequently becomes jaded or dispirited with the constant fighting he's involved in. This disinterest is one of the few things that gives the Autobots a chance against such a dangerous foe.

Metroplex

Metroplex is an Autobot Titan, like his Decepticon counterpart Trypticon. His alternate form is a massive city, and his Autobot form is a towering, intimidating figure that dwarfs almost any other Transformer in existence. He has three regular-sized Autobots — Scamper, Six-Gun, and Slammer — just to help him keep track of everything happening around him. Metroplex is just too big to monitor it all himself!

Metroplex is a highly skilled marksman and hand to hand fighter, capable of scrapping with nearly any foe. He is loyal, intelligent, and courageous as well, and the Autobots frequently rely on his judgment.

Metroplex's greatest trait, however, is his humility. Despite his massive size, fighting prowess, and intelligence, he never feels it is enough. He constantly wants to do better and improve, and he's always looking for ways to overcome obstacles and help make the world a better place. Even when the odds are against him (which is rare), Metroplex is constantly searching for ways to even things out and give the good guys the winning edge.

Omega Supreme

Omega Supreme is millions of years old. He once served as the guardian of Cybertron's biggest city. He serves as intergalactic transport for the rest of the Autobots. His alternate form is actually three different things: a huge tank and two military bases (a missile base and a missile defense base, of course).

Omega Supreme is seemingly the largest Autobot in existence, and he is overpowered beyond belief. His armor makes him invulnerable to all but the most powerful attacks, and he has enough firepower in both of his forms to defeat entire teams. In a one on one fight, he would crush nearly any opposition.

On top of all this, Omega Supreme has an incredible drive to protect and serve. He despises the destructive attitude of the Decepticons, and works tirelessly with Optimus Prime and the other Autobots to safeguard those who are in danger. Generally viewed as the final line of defense, he's powerful enough to handle most threats on his own.

Vector Prime

Really, you could put any of the "Primes" here — a group of the 13 original Transformers created to become masters of different aspects of the universe. Each of these beings commands almost godlike powers, but Vector Prime takes the cake for a few different reasons.

Vector Prime once hold the Matrix of Leadership, but he left Cybertron to become the guardian of time and space. He can warp both of these things with his powers, and he can travel through and observe the multiverse at will — allowing him to influence events across space, time, and alternate dimensions.

Like the rest of the Primes, Vector Prime is several billion years old, and his disconnect from regular space and time has left him with a bit of a disconnect from the rest of the universe. That said, his heart is in the right place and there is little that other Transformers can do to stop him once he decides on a plan of action.

Galvatron

Depending on which timeline and version of Transformers you're looking at, Galvatron's power level can fluctuate wildly. Sometimes, he's little more than a modified version of Megatron. Other times, he has gained near omnipotence through a combination of outside forces, cunning, and force of will.

When Megatron was destroyed, he made a deal with Unicron (more on that shortly) to be reborn as Galvatron. Though Galvatron possesses all of Megatron's memories, the rebirth also shattered his psyche. As such, Galvatron is completely insane and will do whatever it takes to gain more power for himself.

Galvatron's quest for domination has led him to some extremely powerful, mythical artifacts that have made him almost invincible, even when battling the most dangerous beings in the universe. When he hits his highest levels of strength, even entire forces of the most powerful Transformers can do little to stop him. Like Megatron's arrogance, Galvatron's lust for power is his biggest downfall. He will throw his companions aside and break ancient taboos to achieve his goals — meaning almost everyone is allied against him.

Unicron

Most fans of Transformers will remember Unicron's appearance in the '80s animated film. This godlike Transformer is the most terrifying being in the universe. His entire reason to exist is to destroy everything until he is the sole remaining lifeform. He consumes entire worlds, breaking down everything they have and using it to boost his own capabilities.

Unicron can travel across the multiverse at will, and his presence is seen as a plague on reality itself. His powers are seemingly unlimited, and he has the ability to infiltrate and infest different aspects of the universe in his never-ending quest to snuff out life. He also seduces other beings under his thrall, granting them new powers (like he did with Galvatron) in exchange for their sworn fealty. Because of the power he can bestow, many accept his offers — despite knowing their destruction always lies at the end of the deal.

Primus

Brother to Unicron and the only being in the universe who can stand up to him, Primus is the stand-in for God in the Transformers universe. Primus created the Transformers, and a small part of him exists within all his creations. As the Transformers create and maintain most other aspects of the universe, Primus has his hands in nearly everything.

He exists across time, space, and separate realities. His physical manifestation exists as the Transformers' home planet of Cybertron. He has access to nearly all of the information in existence through his mainframe computer, Vector Sigma.

This wealth of knowledge available to Primus is what helps him edge out Unicron as the most powerful Transformer in existence. His ability to outthink and strategize circles around his sibling keeps the universe intact. His ability to exist across space and time gives him the edge whenever he's needed — Primus simply is, and no foe can ever counter that.