The Transformers are probably the most powerful fictional alien race ever depicted in films (bet you forgot they were technically aliens, right?). After all, they are a race of giant shapeshifting robots with massive guns and heavy firepower, and just one of them can take out a whole platoon of soldiers.

But who are the most powerful Transformers in the movies? Here’s a list of the seven deadliest on film, in order of power. If you ever have to take on any of them, you better pray hard.

7. Galvatron (Transformers: Age of Extinction)

This is one long story, so sit tight as we recount Galvatron’s history. Galvatron is actually Megatron, the leader of the evil Decepticons, the villainous Transformers faction in the films. When Megatron died in Transformers: Dark of the Moon (he died once before at the end of the 2007 Transformers movie), scientists recovered his head and created manmade Transformers for commercial use. However, Megatron was secretly manipulating those scientists into building a new body for him, and eventually came back to life as Galvatron.

Galvatron’s transformation was unlike any others – he would turn into a metallic dust cloud in order to transform from robot to vehicle mode, as the scene above shows. Although his chest had a hole in it, it was a Vortex Grinder powerful enough to shred even Optimus Prime’s sword. We don’t think a rematch would have ended well.

He turns back into Megatron for Transformers: The Last Knight though.


6. Sentinel Prime (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)

Sentinel Prime is/was Optimus Prime’s mentor, and he was discovered on a crashed Autobot spaceship on the Moon in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Eventually, the Autobots discovered that he was working with Megatron to enslave humanity so they would rebuild Cybertron, the ruined home planet of the Transformers.

Sentinel Prime wasn’t evil as much as he was misguided – he really wanted to see Cybertron rebuilt and brought to its former glory, and would resort to any means necessary to achieve this goal. He was also capable of smacking down Megatron, and was powerful enough to give Optimus Prime a hard time. He also murdered Ironhide, one of the more powerful Autobots in the movies.


5. Grimlock (Transformers: Age of Extinction)

Grimlock was introduced in Transformers: Age of Extinction, where he had to be beaten into submission by Optimus Prime before he would aid the Autobots. He transforms into a Tyrannosaurs rex and breathes fire, and in either robot or dinosaur form, he literally towers over Optimus Prime.

To make matters worse (better?), he also leads a team of similarly sized dinosaur Transformers known as the Dinobots – and the Dinobots alone could probably flatten an army.


4. Devastator (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)

Devastator isn’t just one Transformer – he’s seven of them combined into one! In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Devastator is the combined form of the Constructicons, construction vehicle Decepticons. He’s massive, and is probably one of the biggest Transformers there is.

In a rather undignified scene (sigh, Michael Bay), we see that Devastator is definitely male, since his weak spot is a pair of wrecking balls.


3. The Fallen (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)

The Fallen is Megatron’s master, and one of the Thirteen Original Transformers. His real name is Megatronus, which is where Megatron derived his name from. In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, he is the eponymous Fallen who seeks to drain the Sun with a Solar Harvester.

He isn’t just a giant war machine – he sports telekinetic powers on a scale that could rival Jean Grey. He can toss entire armies into the air with his Void Staff, and is larger than both Optimus Prime and Megatron. He’s basically a demigod, with immense divine powers to boot.


2. Jetpower Optimus Prime (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)

Optimus Prime dies in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (gosh these Transformers leaders certainly die many times don’t they?) but is revived in the climax of the film. But the Fallen is far too powerful for him to defeat, so Jetfire, an SR-71 Blackbird Transformer, gives up his life so that he can combine with Optimus Prime to form Jetpower Optimus Prime.

An SR-71 Blackbird is the airplane that the X-Men frequently use in the comics, and is big enough to hold all of them. So if you think about it, Jetpower Optimus Prime is basically a truck + jet combined. Together they beat up the Fallen, and ripped off part of Megatron’s face. Pretty much nobody can stop him, since he even defeated a demigod.


1. The Creators (Transformers: The Last Knight)

At the end of Transformers: Age of Extinction, Optimus Prime blasted off into space in search of his creators. And as you can see from the trailer above, he found one of his creators in Transformers: The Last Knight, who promptly slapped him across the face for his impudence. She is the mad goddess Quintessa.

Yes, they call her a goddess. To us, the Transformers are gods. To them, Quintessa is a goddess.

Can you imagine how powerful she would have to be for the Transformers to consider her a goddess?

Transformers: The Last Knight. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Transformers: The Last Knight. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

In Transformers: The Last Knight, the Autobots are left directionless without Optimus Prime’s leadership. With Megatron on the loose and an evil foe looming on the horizon, will this be the end of the Transformers, or will the Last Knight arise and show himself?

Find out in Transformers: The Last Knight!


Credit: Golden Village Cinemas