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5 Most Badass Moments in Transformers Movies

From one-liners to action set-pieces, here are some of the standout moments in the Transformers franchise.

The Transformers film franchise has had some pretty large-scale, jaw-dropping scenes, and rightfully so, given that they’re all essentially about giant robot aliens battling for supremacy. As is the case with the original source material, there is no shortage of badass moments throughout the franchise’s releases; and being true fans, we decided to round up some of the most hair-on-the-back-of-your-kneck raising moments that made us nod in approval.

“Did you forget who I am?”

The last primary instalment in the franchise, The Last Knight, took the scale of the action to a whole new level, along with removing Optimus Prime from most of the runtime (with the Autobot leader being turned evil by the Autobots’ creator, Quintessa). However, Optimus was able to shake off the brainwashing, and made a breathtaking return, taking on Infernocus, who is made up of a few other enemies. Prime’s line before delivering a multi-kill blow, though, is what steals the show.

“You weren’t born, you were built.”

Transformers: Age of Extinction really shook up what most casual fans knew about the Transformers, introducing a bounty hunter in the form of Lockdown, who sides neither with the Autobots or Decepticons, along with the fact that the Transformers were created by another being. Lockdown’s entrance in Age of Extinction, along with him revealing to Optimus Prime that his maker wants him back is a truly epic moment.

“Who would you be without me, Prime?”

Like Batman and Joker or Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris, one of the greatest feuds of all time has to be the rivalry between Autobots leader Optimus Prime and Decepticon tyrant Megatron. These two have been at it for a very long time, and even though the third Transformers film, Dark of the Moon, is still evolving that battle, there’s a lot of history behind these two. So much so, that in the final moments of the film, after Megatron betrays Sentinal Prime, he asks Optimus: “Who would you be without me, Prime?”. Optimus, tired of Megatron’s constant warmongering antics, gives him a hair-raising answer that shows that the Autobot leader is at the end of his tether.

Forest battle

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen delivered one of the best fight sequences in the franchise when Optimus Prime was backed into a corner and had to take on Megatron, Starscream and Grindor at the same time in order to allow Shia LaBeouf’s Sam Witwicky and Bumblee to escape. The Decepticons get the better of him, leading to the death of Optimus Prime, but the fact he managed to put up such a fight against them showed what Prime was capable of prior to his resurrection.


Easily one of the best sequences in the whole film franchise is the skyscraper scene in Dark of the Moon. A beloved bad guy in the form of Shockwave and his giant drill, Driller, are introduced awesomely, and their arrival in the streets of Chicago, and realisation that the human heroes are hiding in the building above is the perfect set-up for some building-destroying carnage. The sound design here is stellar, and the sound of the drill is horrifying.

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