The Dinobots of The Transformers (2017 TV Series).
The Dinobots are a rowdy, arrogant, lowbrow, disobedient band of warriors that some Autobots would rather scrap than deal with. They're also one of the most devastatingly powerful and close-knit combat units in the Autobot army, being incredibly powerful in robot mode; with one of them transforming into a pterosaur, and the rest taking alternate modes based on dinosaurs, the most powerful creatures to ever roam the Earth.
Most of them dislike Optimus Prime, so whether or not they follow the Autobot leader's orders depends on what those orders are. This attitude extends to the rest of the Autobot army, with most being viewed as too weak or cowardly to take the steps needed to get the nastier jobs done. Only a handful of individuals are viewed by the Dinobots as true allies and even they don't really understand them. This attitude has very much pushed the Dinobots to the fringes of Autobot society. This has resulted in an extremely powerful sense of camaraderie and friendship among the team. Few Autobots are closer. As so many battered, bruised and beaten Decepticons can attest, if you confront one Dinobot, you confront them all.
- Grimlock - Leader. He transforms into a mechnaical Tyrannosaurus rex
- Slag - Flamethrower. He transforms into a mechanical Triceratops horridus
- Sludge - Jungle Warrior. He transforms into a mechnaical Brontosaurus excelsus
- Snarl - Desert Warrior. He transforms into a mechanical Stegosaurus stenops
- Swoop - Bombardier. He transforms into a mechanical Pteranodon longiceps
In the early days of the war, Divebomb chafed under the leadership of Optimus Prime on Cybertron as part of the Elite Flying Corps. |The Icarus Theory| He was humiliated by a Decepticon who took his name, and worse, he was rescued by the commanding officer he hated. |Grudge Match|
Despite disliking Prime's leadership, all five somehow wound up as part of his crew aboard the Ark to clear a path for Cybertron through the asteroid belt it was passing through. Weakened by the mission and ambushed by Megatron's Decepticons, the ship crashed into the nearby planet Earth. |The Beginning|
Shortly after the crash, the Ark's computer detected Shockwave landing on the planet in the Antarctic land-out-of-time that would one day become known as the Savage Land. The Ark used the last of its capabilities to revive these five warriors and rebuild them to transform into the Savage Land's dominant life form: prehistoric animals. |The Last Stand| They were then dispatched aboard a shuttle to deal with the Decepticon and in the battle they trapped were in a tar pit and remained dormant until Ratchet revived them in the 1980s. They returned with him to confront Megatron, but the Decepticon leader made short work of the Dinobots, leaving Ratchet to defeat him alone. |Repeat Performance|
On their way back to the Ark, the Dinobots encountered humans for the first time and Ratchet told them a story about the battle on Sherman Dam. |Decepticon Dam-Busters| When they arrived they were confronted by the battle droid Guardian, reprogrammed by Shockwave to defend the spacecraft against any intruders. After beating the snot out of Swoop, the mechanoid ran into the depths of the Ark and the other Dinobots set after it. |The Wrath of Guardian| Realising that Guardian was armed with a thermonuclear bomb, Ratchet and Wheeljack managed to prevent Grimlock from destroying Guardian by remotely activating the headless body of Optimus Prime and knocking Grimlock's gun away. As per Shockwave's programming, Guardian came hunting for the Autobots and engaged them in battle while the bomb counted down to detonation. Ratchet repaired Swoop just in time to fly Guardian far from the Ark, but he cut it far too fine and was seemingly destroyed in the explosion. Upset at the loss of their comrade the other Dinobots left, heading north. |The Wrath of Grimlock|
A human scientist called Peter Morris recovered Swoop's remains from Lake Dena and used his neural relay link to control the Dinobot. When this was discovered by a security guard, Morris used Swoop to kill him, then decided to finish off the rest of "Blackrock's robots". With the element of surprise (and missiles) on his side, the human-controlled Swoop wrought havoc amongst the Autobot lines but his hated former commander Optimus Prime managed to snap him out of it and once free of the neural relay link, Swoop returned to Morris's lab to seek vengeance against the human. When the Autobots followed, Swoop once again began attacking them mindlessly and they were forced to subdue him with Morris's help. Examining the Dinobot, Ratchet diagnosed that his primary cybo-dendrons had burnt out due to having spent four million years in a tar pit. Realising that the other Dinobots were most likely undergoing the same condition, Optimus Prime announced that the Autobots would have to round them up. |The Icarus Theory|
Splitting into teams to search for each Dinobot, the Autobots spread out across the country. Mirage, Inferno, Brawn, and Trailbreaker managed to track down and deactivate Snarl (with a little help from the United States military) in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, but were spied on by Laserbeak who reported the situation back to Soundwave. In Littlewood, California, Sludge had been discovered by a human news team led by Joy Meadows while Windcharger, Gears, and [[Cliffjumper (TF2017)]Cliffjumper]] searched fruitlessly for him, but all four Autobots were ambushed and captured by Soundwave, Thundercracker, and Skywarp. Jetfire, Jazz, Ironhide, and Red Alert had better luck capturing Slag in Old River Valley, Idaho, detecting the spy Laserbeak and using him to block Slag's flamethrower breath. Meanwhile, Soundwave had located Grimlock in Doonstown and set Sludge on him, turning the town into a war zone and leading to Bluestreak, Huffer, and Sideswipe being taken out of the fight. Further Autobot casualties were only prevented by the arrival of Optimus Prime with reinforcements from the Ark and all four Dinobots were left in a vegetative state. |Dinobot Hunt|
Ratchet returned the Dinobots to the Ark and repaired their cybo-dendrons but they remained in their respective comas, each dreaming of fighting against their own personal demons. |Victory| When they did wake up, they were confined to the Ark because their alt. modes were too conspicuous but then Sludge saw Joy Meadows on a television broadcast and the Dinobots decided to up sticks and look for her anyway. They found her in the middle of a Triple-I ambush and rescued her, agreeing to provide an interview regarding the truth about the Transformers' presence on Earth. Swoop left to pick up Joy's camera crew but was tagged with a homing beacon by Triple-I, which led the Decepticons straight to them. After a brief but fierce battle in which the Dinobots were aided by the mechanoid Centurion controlled by Professor Morris, Soundwave located Joy's incriminating footage and destroyed it. With no cause left to fight, the Decepticons left the Dinobots and Centurion to sulk. |In the National Interest|
A short time later, Centurion discovered the re-arrival in the past of the time travelling Galvatron but the future Decepticon leader was too powerful for him and tore the mechanoid limb from limb. This angered Grimlock and the Dinobots who attacked Galvatron in turn, but even with the assistance of Perceptor's resistance cell, Professor Morris's neural relay link and Shockwave's Decepticons it was a close-fought thing and only Galvatron's reluctance to fire on his own troops brought it to an end. Leaving the Cybertronian Autobots with directions to the Ark, the Dinobots gathered up Centurion's remains and carried on their way. |Fallen Angel|
The Dinobots continued hiding out in the Cascades, stealing fuel from humans and sending Swoop out to spy on the Autobots at the Ark. Learning that Optimus Prime was dead, Grimlock decided to return and seize command for himself. Bursting into the Ark, he denounced Prime's style of leadership as weak and insisted only the strongest should lead but was soundly rebuffed by the assembled Autobots. Meanwhile, Ratbat, the Decepticons' fuel auditor on Cybertron, had sent Trypticon through the space bridge to annihilate the Earthbound Autobots once and for all. Outside the Ark, the Dinobots stood back and watched the slaughter for a while until Trypticon threatened Rachel Becker, a palaeontology student who had taken an interest in the local Transformer activity, which drove Grimlock to defend her. Following their leader's example, the other Dinobots charged, battling Trypticon until his fuel quota for the trip was expended and Ratbat recalled him to Cybertron. For showing courage and compassion in during the battle, the grateful Autobots then elected Grimlock as their new leader. |King of the Hill|
Later at the Ark, Swoop recognised his old rival Divebomb on a television news report and set out to find him, seeking vengeance. The two tussled but Divebomb was quickly backed up by his fellow Predacons who then took it in turns to beat the snot out of Swoop. Grimlock and the rest the Dinobots followed not far behind and turned the tables on the Predacons before Swoop intervened and allowed the Decepticons to go free, saying that he couldn't allow Grimlock to fight his battles for him. |Grudge Match|
At the Ark, Wheeljack had finished putting the finishing touches to his Geothermal Generator but Grimlock was more interested in Slag's report of a RAAT ambush on the Throttlebots, sending the Protectobots to retrieve Blaster and Goldbug |Used Autobots| Grimlock also had Wheeljack working on two other projects—preparing a variable voltage harness with which to punish the deserters and making the Ark space-worthy once more. When the Protectobots were delayed in returning Blaster thanks to a Combaticon attack, Grimlock ordered the launch of the Ark, catching up to Blaster along with a group of human children aboard a mode locked Blast Off. |Child's Play| When Grimlock captured the shuttle he found that Blaster had escaped, so the Dinobots put the children on trial and forced them to "walk the plank" as a ploy to draw him out. Even though Blaster had the support of the Ark's Autobots and Wheeljack's buddy Sky Lynx rescued the children from deep space, the Dinobots had them surrounded and Blaster was forced to surrender to Grimlock. |Spacehikers|
Target: 2005 Timeline
These Dinobots are from a future where events similar to the original The Transformers: the Movie occurred.
In 2006 the Dinobots were stationed on Cybertron when the Decepticons staged a brazen and unprovoked attack on the Autobot location, prompting an incredible battle. The Dinobots led the counterattack and started to tear through the enemy. Realising that the battle was a distraction engineered by Unicron to keep the Autobots away from the planet Junk, Rodimus Prime withdrew the Dinobots from the battle and they set off to confront him.
Unfortunately Unicron had mentally enslaved the Junkions to rebuild his body out of their planet, so to prevent this, Grimlock brought the Dinobots down to the planet and attacked the Junkions, slaughtering them wholesale. |The Legacy of Unicron|
- Inferno was not orginally apart of the team tracking down Snarl, also in Dinobot Hunt!.
- On a related note, Red Alert was added to the team tracking down Slag.