Transformers: The Last Knight is set to hit theaters, bringing the fifth installment of Michael Bay’s infamous film adaptation of the classic cartoons and the toy line. Whether you hate or love the mix of bombastic action and kitschy comedy in Bay’s films, there’s one thing we probably all agree on: the Transformers the movies had surprisingly bloody robot deaths!
There was a time when Transformers fans swore the ’80s animated film was too graphic in regards to the deaths of major characters – but Bay managed to get that impression out of the water by dismembering, shooting, or destroying the characters in Transformers in a way that probably marked more than a few young children.
If you don’t believe it – or if all the robot characters from the last four movies are bleeding together in your mind – then read on for a reminder of The Transformers Horrible deaths in the cinema.
Dead in: Transformers
Jazz was one of the coolest characters in G1 Transformers cartoon in the 80s – a forerunner of future hip-hop culture, which had its own swagger.
In Transformers, Jazz was transformed into a somewhat offensive rap / hip-hop stereotype – and his death was as gruesome as it was unceremonious.
The Transformers the film adaptation has had a few deaths before this point – but nothing nearly as brutal as this one. A decisive reminder that robots are just nuts and bolts.
Jet of fire
Dead in: Transformers: Revenge
Jetfire was one of the most popular Transformers toys out of G1 – but in Bay’s sequel movie, Revenge of the Damned, he’s just an old, curmudgeonly barely working Transformer.
Yes Transformers fans were traumatized enough seeing one of their bastard favorites this way, Bay took it a step further by asking Jetfire to kill himself by pulling out his own spark.
It was meant to be a noble sacrifice, but it was just an unnecessarily gruesome moment, for a character who deserved better.
Dead in: Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon
Ironhide was a fan favorite of the films of Michael Bay, the hardened warrior who was always looking to fight. Fortunately, unlike Jazz, Ironhide had a fitting death for a character of his stature.
In Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon, the Autobots are betrayed by Optimus Prime’s mentor, Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy) – and the big reveal of this dark twist comes at the expense of Ironhide’s life.
What makes it horrible is how Ironhide is down and already injured, in total shock as Sentinel wins.
Dead in: Transformers: Age of Extinction
As Ironhides’ buddy and Autobots medic, Ratchet was never really in the spotlight in the Bay movies like he did in the G1 cartoon. Unsurprisingly, his death was treated as nonchalantly as his character, on the whole.
If you can even remember it, Ratchet meets his end in The Transformers: Age of Extinction, hunted down by human forces (and the Transformers bounty hunter, Lockdown) who attempt to wipe out the Transformers race from the land, falling the “Battle of Chicago” into The darkness of the moon.
Dead in: Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon
Starscream is quite iconic in the Transformers franchise – he’s the underachieving villain of everyone to hate.
Starscream hung around throughout Bay’s original trilogy, in his classic role of trying to prove how much of a badass he is taller than Megatron, and failing completely.
In The darkness of the moon, Starscream at least tries to use common sense and take out the human characters Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and Colonel Lennox (Josh Duhamel); instead, he suffers the franchise’s most gruesome death at the hands of humans, when Sam shoots a grappling hook in one of his eyes and an explosive boomstick in the other.
See above for the gruesome results, which Bay managed to stage as a horror movie.
All these guys …
Die in: Transformers: The Last Knight
We don’t know (yet) who these dudes are, but what we do know is that they are about to be added to the horrific dead list in the Transformers franchise.
It’s pretty horrible to see someone or anything beheaded by a sword – it’s a whole other thing to see a whole group to be beheaded all at once.
That does raise the question though: if you’re the third or fourth person on this list of guys who are going to die soon… won’t you dodge?
In Transformers: The Last Knight, the humans are at war with the Transformers and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future is buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now it’s up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English Lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) to save the world.
Transformers: The Last Knight is directed by Michael Bay. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci reprising their roles as The Transformers: Age of Extinction, with Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro reprising the roles of the first three Transformers movies.
Transformers: The Last Knight The voice cast includes Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, John Goodman as Hound, and John DiMaggio as Crosshairs. Other Transformers appearing in the film include Bumblebee, Drift, Hot Rod, Cogman, Canopy, Sqweeks, Grimlock, Megatron, Barricade, Onslaught, Hooligan, and Mohawk.
Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters June 21, 2017.
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