- Megatron, the Decepticon leader. Killed and thrown into the Laurentian Abyss, he is resurrected as a Cybertronian tank. He was voiced by Hugo Weaving in the first film. Bay told Empire that Megatron was not in the film, claiming his tank form was just a new toy.
- Starscream the air commander who flew into space at the end of the previous film. Starscream returns from bearing Cybertronian symbols on his body — which transforms into an F-22 Raptor — and commanding a new Decepticon army. Orci confirmed he will have more dialogue. Charlie Adler voiced Starscream in the previous film. Chris Mowry, writer of the comic book prequels, stated Starscream differs from his 1980s incarnation because “His motivations are more for the species. He’s definitely at odds with what Prime and Megatron have been doing. He thinks that they’ve both been consumed with greed, for their own selfish reasons, but as he finds out, his plans start to fall through as he’s kind of becoming overwhelmed with the same greed that they had.” However, Orci explained during post-production dialogue additions edged Starscream closer towards his 1980s counterpart.
- Soundwave, Megatron’s communications expert and his most loyal soldier. He transforms into Cybertronian craft (the toy is packaged as a triple changer due to the easily rearrangable alternate mode, but this is inconsistent with the filmmakers’ intent). The concept artists also designed an Earth form of a Chevrolet Silverado for him to upgrade into, which Orci stated was dropped. In the 1980s toyline, Soundwave was a tape deck. The filmmakers had tried to work him into the first film twice, and these roles eventually evolved into Blackout (a MH-53 Pave Low helicopter) and Frenzy (who changed into a CD Player and later into a mobile phone). The latter character was particularly thought to be too different from the original. Soundwave made his first appearance in the Transformers: Alliance prequel comic book series arriving on Mars then sending a large number of Decepticon protoform troops to Earth.
- Ravage, a minion of Soundwave. Hasbro said he has a “raw” beast mode.
- A puppet, with a body resembling Frenzy, a cat like face, dreadlocks, and a bird-like beak, was spotted on set.
- Barricade, a Saleen S281 police car. Jess Harnell voiced him in the first film.
- An Audi R8.
- Isabel Lucas plays Alice, a Pretender — a Decepticon who can assume a biological looking disguise — who stalks Sam.
- The Constructicons, several construction vehicles who can combine into a single robot known as Devastator. The name Devastator was mistakenly given to Brawl, a tank, in the first film. The name Bonecrusher, who was one of the Constructicons in the 1980s and Transformers: Universe, was also used for a Decepticon killed in the first film. The original Constructicon names Scrapper and Mixmaster appeared as drone units in the Transformers movie video game. Orci stated during writing neither character will be resurrected though. The names of them haven’t been revealed yet.
- The Constructicon seen in the first television spot is a Terex O&K RH 400 Hydraulic Mining Excavator.
- Orci hinted the majority of the Decepticons were entirely computer-generated in both robot and alternate modes, which would make it easier to write additional scenes for them in post-production.
- The Fallen. He is based on a character introduced in the second Transformers: The War Within comic book (2003). He was one of the original thirteen Transformers, and became a servant of Unicron. Bay described the Fallen as “apocalyptic”.
- Lorenzo di Bonaventura said that in total, there are around forty robots in the film. There will be some robots who can transform into weapons, and others who may retain their Cybertronian forms.
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