Transformers: The Last Knight is about to hit theaters, bringing the fifth installment of Michael Bay's infamous movie adaptation of the classic cartoons and toy line. Whether you hate or love the mix of bombastic action and kitchsy comedy in Bay's films, there's one thing we an all probably agree on: The Transformers movies have had some surprisingly gory robot deaths!
There was a time when Transformers fans swore that '80s animated movie was too graphic when it came to the deaths of major characters - but Bay has managed to blow that impression out of the water by basically dismembering, shooting, or blowing apart Transformers characters in ways that have probably scarred more than a few young children.
Died In: Transformers
Jazz was one of the coolest characters in the G1 Transformers cartoon in the '80s - an early harbinger of the hip-hop culture to come, who had his own distinct 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 movie adaptation had a couple of deaths take place before this moment - but nothing nearly as brutal as this. A decisive reminder that robots are just nuts and bolts.prevnext
Died In: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Jetfire was one of the most popular Transformers toys to come out of G1 - but in Bay's sequel film, Revenge of the Fallen, he's just a curmudgeonly old Transformer that barely functions.
If Transformers fans were traumatized enough by seeing one of their favorites bastardized in that way, Bay went a step further, by having Jetfire kill himself by ripping out his own spark.
It was meant to be a noble sacrifice, however it was just an unnecessarily gruesome moment, for a character who deserved better.prevnext
Died In: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Ironhide was a fan-favorite of the Michael Bay films, the hardened warrior who was always looking for a fight. Thankfully, unlike Jazz, Ironhide had a fitting death for a character of his stature.
In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the Autobots are betrayed by Optimus Prime's mentor Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy) - and the big reveal of that dark twist comes at the expense of Ironhide's life.
What makes this gruesome is the way Ironhide is down and already wounded, in total shock as Sentinel blows him away.prevnext
Died In: Transformers: Age of Extinction
As Ironhides' buddy and the Autobots medic, Ratchet never really got the spotlight in Bay's film's like he did in the G1 cartoon. Not surprisingly, his death was treated as nonchalantly as his character was, overall.
If you can even remember it, Ratchet meets his end in Transformers: Age of Extinction, hunted down by the human forces (and Transformers bounty hunter, Lockdown) that are trying to eliminate the Transformers race from earth, falling the "Battle of Chicago" in Dark of the Moon.prevnext
Died In: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Starscream is pretty iconic in the Transformers franchise - he's everyone's whiny underachieving villain to hate.
Starscream hung around for all of Bay's original trilogy, in his classic role of trying to prove what a bigger badass than Megatron he is, and failing at it, completely.
In Dark of the Moon, Starscream tries to at least show some gumption and take out human characters Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and Col. Lennox (Josh Duhamel); instead, he suffers the franchise's most gruesome death at the hands of humans, when Sam shoots a grappling hook through one of his eyes, and an explosive boomstick in the other.
See above for the gruesome results, which Bay managed to stage like a horror movie kill.prevnext
All of these dudes...
Die In: Transformers: The Last Knight
We don't know who these dudes are (yet), but what we do know is that they are about to get added to the list of gruesome deaths in the Transformers franchise.
It's gruesome enough to see anyone or anything decapitated by a sword - it's another thing entirely to see an entire group get decapitated all at once.
It does beg the question, though: If you're the third or fourth person in that lineup of soon-to-be-dead-guys... wouldn't you duck?prevnext
In Transformers: The Last Knight, humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies 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 from Transformers: Age of Extinction, with Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro reprising roles from the first three Transformers movies.
Transformers: The Last Knight's voice cast includes Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, John Goodman as Hound, and John DiMaggio as Crosshairs. Other transformers appearing the film include Bumblebee, Drift, Hot Rod, Cogman, Canopy, Sqweeks, Grimlock, Megatron, Barricade, Onslaught, Hooligan, and Mohawk.
Transformers: The Last Knight opens in theaters on June 21, 2017.0comments
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